You tell me

October 21, 2008 at 10:39 am 5 comments

Curious and Co. are gonna think I’m like a dog with a bone here, but I am, uhh, well – CURIOUS!

What choice, if not listed above, should be?

Why even ask the poll question? Well, let me introduce you to a little thing called:
The Bradley Effect (from Wikipedia)

The Bradley effect, less commonly called the Wilder effect, is a proposed explanation for an alleged discrepancy between voter opinion polls and election outcomes in American political campaigns when a white candidate and a non-white candidate run against each other.

Named for Tom Bradley, an African-American who lost the 1982 California governor’s race despite being ahead in some voter polls, the Bradley effect refers to an alleged tendency on the part of some voters to tell pollsters that they are undecided or likely to vote for a black candidate, and yet, on election day, vote for his/her white opponent.

The theory of the Bradley effect is that the inaccurate polls have been skewed by the phenomenon of social desirability bias. Specifically, some white voters give inaccurate polling responses for fear that, by stating their true preference, they will open themselves to criticism of racial motivation. The reluctance to give accurate polling answers has sometimes extended to post-election exit polls as well. The race of the pollster conducting the interview may factor in to voters’ answers.

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  • 1. Johnny Peepers  |  October 21, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I always tell pollsters I will never vote for someone with a complexion darker than mine. It is my feeble attempt to counteract the “Bradley Effect” and even out the polling statistics.

    Also, please tell everyone you know to contact their reps and senators and urge them to pass a constitutional amendment allowing non-native born Americans the right to run for president. Obama’s Kenyan birth puts our era of hope and change at great risk.

  • 2. lifeisacookie  |  October 21, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Last I checked, Obama was born in Hawaii.

  • 3.  |  October 21, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Is it possible, that Obama’s lead could evaporate on election day because of Bradley-Wilder effect? Or nowadays Americans are significantly less reluctant to vote for an African-American? Vote here –

  • 4. Type Writer  |  October 21, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    I think the Bradley effect has already been factored in, since Palin & Co. have made it socially acceptable to think of Obama as a secret Muslim terrorist. There might still be some voter changes at the last minute in some of the toss-up states, but it appears that in the Rust Belt, “It’s the economy, stupid” is the more compelling tale…

    p.s. Go check out girlofwords blog for a post about a Fort Pierce Waffle House incident covered in fine style by our local rag 🙂

  • 5. lifeisacookie  |  October 21, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Oh no — now you’re scaring me!

This is the shit you bitches are reading

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