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Mark Blumenthal, Polling Expert, Answers Your Questions (VIDEO Q&A)

Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 04:36:27 in Politics

“I am actually not trying to justify it I am simply trying to state my observation, but unfortunately my cynicism was lost in this medium.

You could very well be right about people becoming more independent and not participating in the primaries. I started participating this year however, because I was tired of settling for candidates I didn't like in the general election.

Finally, I agree that party politics are a huge detriment to the US. I thought maybe that was starting to change with such a wide field this year, but it just seems worse especially for candidates like Ron Paul. With all the resources the mass media has they can't seem to find any to cover him fairly or can't figure out how to weave his incredible grass roots uprising into the narrative.”
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Mark Blumenthal, Polling Expert, Answers Your Questions (VIDEO Q&A)

Commented Mar 6, 2012 at 22:47:23 in Politics

“They do count. They influence the primaries thats how they count.

90% of the people polled do NOT follow the primaries, are NOT going to vote in the primaries, and have NOT researched a candidate to make an informed decision. They are just picking they candidates that are getting the most media attention.

This influences the people who actually DO vote in the primaries. Whether the media realizes it or not, the media is influencing the primaries.”

mansterEZ on Mar 7, 2012 at 00:33:24

“You're justifying crass manipulation as reasonable. IMHO most voters are becoming more informed and choosing to act more like independents who don't participate in primaries. The intractable two-party system is interminably broken leaving rational reason lagging behind. If it doesn't change this year the country will continue to slide into oblivion.”