Iowa Progress: A Media Engineered Election
Excerpted from this post at Iowa Progress
For those who have followed the polls over the course of this
election, it may be a relief to know the final numbers on January 3rd.
Many dozens of polls have been taken, often showing results ten
percentage points or more away from the poll taken next. Pollsters
call voters in Iowa and NH three or four times a day. Campaigns add to
the telephone traffic. The Obama campaign has made 1.6 million phone
calls in New Hampshire, which has a total population of 1.3 million
people. But as the election has gotten closer and the media coverage
become more intense, the polls have swung even more wildly.