Unless you’ve been living under a rock you had to have at least seen or heard something about the meteoric rise of Bernie Sanders and the decline of Hillary Clinton. With the polls starting to reflect what is actually happening and what many in Bernie’s camp already knew, many are now dismissing the polls as unimportant when it comes to actually electing a candidate.
Over the years we’ve seen candidates like former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Texas Gov. Rick Perry burning up the polls only to fall later on. So polls absolutely need to be taken with a grain of salt and one should certainly always do the additional research and find out where the polling data comes from. Hell SurveyUSA they other day had “The Donald” beating everyone. I bet if I called SurveyUSA right now and offered them “10 Large” to show that The Bern Report was the most popular Bernie site out there, we’d have the trophy. Also, some polls are actually ran by people that used to work for candidates, which doesn’t mean that they show any bias but there’s always that chance. Like with a poll that a company called Hart Research Associates runs. They provide the polling data for at least one large and dare we say highly influential poll on NBC / WSJ(Wall Street Journal) and with Geoff Garin who used to be Clinton’s campaign strategist as president of the company, you’d have to have your head buried in the sand to think there’s not at least a little possibility of favoritism going on there.
Also, just because someone knows how to build a website and put a poll together does not mean it’s true. Just ask Abe Lincoln.
All of that said, when Clinton was miles ahead of Sanders in the polling department, her supporters were quick to award her the crown of the Presidency. They’d constantly bring up how well she is doing in the polls and to point out it’s what the people want. But now with Bernie Sanders showing that he is not to be taken lightly and that there will not be a coronation ceremony without a battle, those same people that were “all about the polls” are now dismissing them as unimportant.
MSNBC wants you to know that all sorts of candidates that didn’t make it have lead in the polls, insinuating that they mean nothing. Which once more we’d like point out that they(the polls) really don’t mean anything…..unless……they are backed up with other data, data that easy to find on Bernie Sanders. You need to look no further than your computer or smart phone.
Some people would like to dismiss Bernie Sanders’ rise in the polls as a sort of “flash in the pan” type of thing, a fad that will go away but they’d be wrong to look at it like that. Sanders is not just winning in the polls but he is winning on social media, Reddit and the internet in general. And he is winning big in those departments. The closest thing we’ve seen to an accurate accounting of what is happening is the isidewith polls, which show him out in front by a commanding lead. This poll is a bit different in that it is 100% online, no phone calls to landline phones that most of the polls rely heavily on.
It’s clear that Sanders has a massive amount of support and that the #FeelTheBern campaign is a viral sensation. The amount of grassroots people behind the Vermont Senator is staggering and that doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. But the real trick will be to convert this audience into actual voters. He has the numbers and if they vote he will win, so in that way, I guess the polls are kind of important….if they are backed up with something like the massive amount of support that Bernie has.