Beware of ‘push polls’ pushing your buttons

A push poll is an interactive marketing technique, most commonly employed during political campaigning, in which an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of voters under the guise of conducting a poll.
When I was teaching high school journalism I briefly discussed “push polls” with my students during the run up to the local Gun Lake Tribe seeking federal approval to restore lands in Allegan County (Michigan) to their control and for future construction of their present casino.
Opponents hired a firm to create a push poll in an effort to demonstrate a significant lack of community of support for the Tribe.
Fast forward a decade or more and I answered the phone this afternoon and received a pre-recorded tele-poll which ostensibly was about the March Michigan Primary and November General Election and after running some standard demographic questions/answers (press 1-2-3-4) determining if I was leaning to the GOP or DNC candidates, one by one – up popped this PUSH statement – and this is KEY to the SPIN the PR companies Snyder hired are pushing… and I paraphrase “The Flint City Council voted in 2013 to authorize the State’s Emergency Manager to leave the City of Detroit’s water service and use the Flint River as its new source.” 
Then the pollster asked me to determine who, based on that information, I felt was mainly responsible for the Flint Water Crisis.  After explaining how the MDEQ failed to warn the City of Flint and how its Director resigned and how the EPA “did nothing” and it regional EPA administrator resigned my options were (as best I can recall) 1. Michigan MDEQ, 2. US EPA, 3. Flint City Council or 4. Detroit Water Authority. I believe I had the option of indicating I did not know.
But in any case, no option to select the State of Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon or Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley or even Governor Rick Snyder.
Now let me copy and paste from “Bridge” an online magazine from The Center for Michigan’s Truth Squad.

“The crisis timeline distributed to reporters (at Governor Snyder’s State of the State” address) and now available online states that in June 2013, “City of Flint decides to use the Flint River as a water source,” a phrasing similar to what the governor used in his State of the State speech, (“Flint began to use water from the Flint River as an interim source”) suggesting that the city, not the state, drove the interim decision to use the highly corrosive river water for city residents.

Here’s the problem with that: City officials did not make the decision to take water from the Flint River. There was never such a vote by the city council, which really didn’t have the power to make such a decision anyway, because the city was then under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

The council’s vote in March 2013 was to switch water supply from Detroit to a new pipeline through the Karegnondi Water Authority – but the pipeline wasn’t scheduled to be completed for at least three years. (And even that decision was given final approval not by the council, but by then-state Treasurer Andy Dillon, according to Snyder emails released Wednesday.)

Snyder also said that Detroit, after being informed of the Flint council vote, sent a “letter of termination” of water service. Actually, Detroit sent a letter giving Flint one year on its existing contract, but that didn’t mean Flint couldn’t get water from Detroit after that date. In fact, there was a flurry of negotiations between Detroit and Flint to sign a new contract that would carry Flint through until it could connect to the under-construction pipeline. That new contract was going to cost Flint more money.

This distinction is important to note because merely stating that Flint received a “letter of termination” makes it sound as if a thirsty Flint had no choice but to stick a straw in the Flint River. Flint could have elected then to sign a new contract with the the Detroit water system (indeed, Flint eventually reconnected to Detroit water after the situation in the city became a full-fledged, hair-on-fire crisis). Flint was disconnected from Detroit because it was cheaper to take water from the Flint River until the new pipeline was completed.”

That is the PUSH of the poll – as a poll participant, you are PUSHED in a direction to accept a belief or line of reasoning, from which point as a participant you base the answers to the remainder of the questions.
  1. Dishonest.
  2. Deliberately biased.
  3. Designed to deceive voters/participants.
And while I do not know who is managing the poll I received today it’s fair to assume it was one of two companies Governor Snyder hired recently which to me means that he is AN UTTERLY DISHONEST PERSON AND IS COMPLICIT IN DELIBERATELY DECEIVING MICHIGAN CITIZENS BY BLAMING ANY PERSON, ANY GROUP, ANY DEPARTMENT – AND NOT HIM.

Who approved switch to Flint River?

State’s answers draw fouls

To read the entire Truth Squad analysis at Bridge magazine go here –

Snyder hires two PR firms amid Flint crisis

For more on Governor Snyder’s decision to hire TWO public relations firms (Mercury Public Affairs of Washington, D.C., and Bill Nowling of Finn Partners, a New York firm with offices in Detroit)  you can go here –

Push poll

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For more on Push Polls  go here – 
(Artwork credit goes to this link)

One thought on “Beware of ‘push polls’ pushing your buttons

  1. “In fact, there was a flurry of negotiations between Detroit and Flint to sign a new contract that would carry Flint through until it could connect to the under-construction pipeline. That new contract was going to cost Flint more money.”

    Actually, whether the new contract was going to cost Flint more money is now in question. The latest information includes an email from Sue McCormick, then DWSD Director, which says “When compared over the 30 year horizon the DWSD proposal saves $800 million dollars or said differently – saves 20% over the KWA proposal.”


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