We’ve received several reports of push-polling going on in Mt. Juliet by Linda Elam someone. A push poll is a technique in which an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of respondents under the guise of conducting a poll.
A push poll starts out sounding like an attempt to find out the political leanings of the voter, but the questions soon change to a format that is designed to plant negative (or sometimes positive) information with a voter.
In Mt. Juliet, the reports are that the questions include “Would it make a difference to you if you knew that Wendell Marlowe remained on the County Commission for six months after he moved out of his district?” and “Would it make a difference to you if you knew that Kevin Mack was dismissed as the chairman of the Wilson County Republican Party for being too combative?” Also included are two questions about Linda Elam: “Would it make a difference to you if you knew that Linda Elam had been censured by the City Commission?” and “Would it make a difference to you if you knew that the City Attorney had conducted an investigation of Mayor Elam and cleared her of all of the ethics charges?”
The only candidate that the push-poller gives any positive information about is Mayor Linda Elam.
It’s pretty amusing, actually. Marlowe, Mack, & Bradshaw all have campaign signs out. Mack and Marlowe both have web sites up. Linda Elam Some candidate is building their campaign around push polling.
I think Linda Elam whoever it is is insulting underestimating the intelligence of the Mt. Juliet voters. Two of the reports passed on to us came from voters who challenged the caller and demanded to know which campaign was paying for the calls.
Oh, and the most interesting detail? The political hacks hired guns pollsters callers always ask for the “male registered voter” in the household. Someone’s stereotype is showing.