As the local political races heat up, we’re bound to hear charges and countercharges about political campaign techniques. One of the most difficult techniques for reporters to monitor is the campaign pitch delivered via telephone, often disguised as a “poll.”
It’s called push polling, and the goal is to target a group of independent or undecided voters with inflammatory leading questions: “Would you support Candidate A if you knew that he refuses to pledge allegiance to the flag?”
Rumors of push-polling are already surfacing in Whatcom County, and I’m hoping that our readers will be willing to share their experiences if they receive campaign pitches and poll requests on the phone. With your help, we can get a better idea what’s going on, and hold candidates accountable for dubious campaign techniques if there are any.
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