Cumberland Times-News

November 4, 2012

Don’t let polls taken by the media influence your vote

To the Editor:
Cumberland Times-News

— The only thing that really counts in an election is when each person is guaranteed the right to vote. When eligible voters cast their votes, the end result should be vox populi, the people have spoken.

However, long before voters get to voice their choice they are robbed of the chance to vote impartially by a blitz of media polls. It isn’t that everyone is influenced by election polls. Some certainly vote independent-minded and many with their minds already long made-up.

Unquestionably, though, pre-election polls must have by their very nature a potential undue influence on voting patterns. Likewise, the more frequently poll results appear in the media increases the possibility of undue influence.

In one sense, you could say that the opinion takers, as it turns out, are also the opinion makers.

Is it possible that a steady stream of seesaw election polling could sway an uncomfortably significant margin of people by the time they ever get to cast their ballots?

While elections are about awareness and choice, polling should be left in the voting booth.

David Crockett

Cumberland