Polling controversy prompts change in local election numbers

Tribune releases amended results following error

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  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Nov. 6, 2012 3:19 a.m.

    We should have laws preventing politicians from publishing poll information to intimidate and brainwash voters to create predicable outcomes with useless information the public does not understand. Polling information should be regarded as private and irrelevant information illegal to use in campaigns to intimidate and falsify issues of interest.

    Dribble campaigning is a baseless and irrelevant means to sway voters in many directions, and many times its to keep people from voting or intimidate voting booth laws to allow and count illegal voting and even multiple identity's to cast many votes.

    Polls and using that information has but one purpose, misdirection interfering with our right to vote our conscience and minds with true knowledge and polls should be considered criminal information.

  • tabuno Clearfield, UT
    Nov. 5, 2012 10:53 p.m.

    The danger of false poll results is that it can suppress voter turn out on the part of the challenger or the candidate far behind and by a self-fulfilling prophecy a pollster could make the assumption based on the perceived disparity in reported polling results, but unfortunately, this is backwards from the way voting is supposed to occur in this country. A flawed disparity in polling could induce significantly reduced voting which in turn would validate the assumption, yet if the assumption were to assume increased voting due to a closer polling result, such reporting could also validate a claim for increased voter turn out. Such is the responsibility of the integrity of pollsters.