Why Our Polls Are Appalling

Trump leads in 5 critical states as voters blast Biden: Times/Siena poll finds.”
The New York Times, November 5, 2023

With poll results favoring Trump, should Biden step aside?”
The New York Times, November 6, 2023

Polls don’t reveal public opinion,
they shape it.

Polls are full of opinions about what
is unknowable.

Polls solicit vaporous feelings about
complex matters.

Polls discourage people from telling
the truth.

Polls don’t encourage an “I don’t
know” answer.

Polls ask how you feel, then pretend
it’s what you think.

Polls don’t follow up questions to
get reasoned opinions.

Polls don’t allow you to say that “this
question makes no sense.”

Polls should not be paid attention to
by thoughtful voters.

Polls are appalling.

George Salamon lives in St. Louis, MO, where he did not grow up. Read other articles by George.