After a few weeks spent tracking down and questioning pollsters and the reporters of polls, I can assure the reader that pollsters are the modern-day alchemists. They promise to turn numbers into predictive gold. We'd all like to believe these magical powers exist, but we shouldn't. The pollsters of 2012 just don't know who is going to win in November any more than did the pollsters of 1980 know that Ronald Reagan was headed towards a landslide in that late-breaking year.
Strange hypocrisy in this polling conspiracy. Now there are a handful of businesses who make their living and satisfy their stakeholders by producing the most reliable polls they can. They are in fierce competition with each other and each outfit has a differentiator, or strength that they play to in the market....their brand if you will. Their reputation depends on their brand and on the quality of their product - accuracy. So if all of these for-profit capitalistic ventures can be so easily duped and none of them is responsible enough or has the business acumen to break away from the pack and report the reality that some around here insists to exist, then hasn't your almighty market failed spectacularly?
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