One the most clever, deceptive, and demonic political tools in use today is the reliance upon polls as instruments for making decisions. They are clever for they are convincing millions that the public should make policy by popular poll. They are deceptive because ill-informed masses of people are being convinced that somehow poll results represent truth. They are demonic because huge organizations like political parties want to manipulate public thinking by publishing polls as if they really are the will of all the people. They do not want us to understand the subject too well since it would be much harder to manipulate us!
We refuse to admit that large numbers of the public [probably a majority] hate to spend much time carefully studying serious ideas since doing do takes time away from recreation. The media have done well in feeding us how to consider serious subjects.
Read any number of recent polls and ask yourself just how much does the average person truly understand the subject or person of the poll?How much do we really know about the competence of the person under consideration in the poll? Are the questions being asked objective and/or what is the agenda of the questioner? How can it be that the results keep changing week after week if people really understand the poll?
Polls are as reliable as the weather and should never be taken as truth!