It appears SAM was not very happy with the results of a recent SurveyUSA poll showing Congressman Bob Goodlatte holds a 2 to 1 edge over SAM with adults in the sixth district… NewsVirginian article…
It seems SAM has a problem with the poll’s methodology. Now obviously no single poll technique is 100% accurate as many of the past elections have shown, but it’s the way SAM phrased his objections to this poll are in ??Question??…
“If you do look at the methodology, even the way polls are done right now, I think it’s a little bit archaic in the sense that normal people do not have phones, in other words, landlines,” Rasoul said.
Now maybe SAM slipped here a bit and could have phrased it differently, but what does he mean by “normal people”? Those people who still own actual hard wired “Landline” phones in their houses are not “normal“?
“They have cellular phones, so those people, of course, tend to be more working-class individuals and tend to be more Democratic, to generalize. Younger people do not generally have landlines. I’m just speaking in broad generalizations.
So lets look at some of the facts that I got off the internet, which I have the old style version of “hard wired” connection as compared to the “Wireless” version that I guess the “normal” people have…
“Among all adults, 9.6 percent had only a mobile phone in the first half of 2006, compared with 7.7 percent in the preceding six months. The overall number without landlines _ 13.2 percent _ includes those who have no phone at all.”
The CEO of the SurveyUSA poll even mentions the percentage of people who only have cell phones only in their homes… But what did SAM mean by “They have cellular phones, so those people, of course, tend to be more working-class individuals and tend to be more Democratic,” Is there data out there on the internet, only available to those with “wireless” connections(?), that shows if you only have a cell phone you are a “working class” person and “more” Democratic then those who have landlines in their houses?
Now maybe SAM would like the opportunity to “re-phrase” his statements but the more important question is what does SAM consider a “normal” person? Is it a person with a cell phone that is obviously a working class person and is generally more “Democratic”? Would SAM lead in the poll or win the election if we only contact those without “landlines” and from the “working class”? If so how would SAM represent ALL of the people of the sixth district if he was elected as the Virginia State Representative to Congress?
Maybe the guy from the polling service said it best: “The content is not close,” Leve said. “The Republican candidate leads decisively. … What it sounds like to me is that the Democrat is making noise about our method because he is losing.”