Polls as predictors

02/24/2014 5:23 PM

02/24/2014 5:24 PM

Just about everyone knows by now that the result of polls, telephone or otherwise, are easily manipulated by the questions asked and/or the way you ask them.

Novice writer Richard Greene’s over-reliance on the result of these polls to support his conservative political views and philosophy are not born out by the one reliable poll taken from voters at election time. (See: “Sounding the alarm over an ever-growing government,” Feb. 12)

As a progressive/populist, I am very much encouraged by the fact that voters nationwide almost always get it right, and if not they are quick to correct themselves with their next vote. The result of elections, in most cases, quickly dispels any notion of these polls being a reliable predictor of outcomes.

— K. D. Boyd, Granbury

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