Tuesday, September 30, 2003

Don't Believe That Schwnis Polls 

I suppose this should be aimed primarily at California residents.

MoveOn.org is notifying those of us who do and are about to vote in an absurd but dangerous recall election, not to pay attention to that Gallup poll that seems to say to those of us who are determined to resist the advances of the Arnold candidacy, give up, don't resist, just relax and enjoy it. The poll was enough for almos all pundits to tell the public it's over, why vote.

Pundits almost always lie, and even numbers sometimes do...it's not over, it's closer than it may look, and MoveOn offers this from Charlie Cook to add some perspective:

"While the Gallup Poll is normally reliable, strategists in both parties are scoffing at a Gallup Poll in California that showed the 'yes' position on the recall of Gov. Gray Davis registering a whopping 63 percent. Private polling by both Democratic and Republican pollsters shows something quite different. In those polls, 'yes' runs between 51 percent and 53 percent and, on the replacement ballot question, Republican actor Arnold Schwarzenegger is usually ahead of Democratic Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante by three to four points."

In addition, they offer these links:

For in-depth coverage of polling in the recall election, check out this Sacramento Bee article:http://www.sacbee.com/content/politics/recall/story/7510384p-8452348c.html

This Christian Science Monitor article has more coverage of just how wide-open this race still is:

Seven days left and MoveOn has all kinds of things for all of us who live out here to do. Go here to sign up for day by day emails that will give you ways to feel better about the world.

This is from today's communique:

Since yesterday more than 15,000 people have joined our No Recall team. We're 260,000 strong: pledged to stop the madness, stop the recall and stop Arnold Schwarzenegger. There are enough of us to win this. All we need to do is act -- every single one of us, this week, today, right now.

The first action in our seven-day countdown is easy. We're asking you to print out a No Recall sign and post it somewhere visible such as a window, your cubicle or a public place. Print out a sign and let's get the momentum going. There are so many of us. Let's show California that No Recall is winning!

The signs are really nifty. You can find them here.

If you're not here in California, but know someone who is here, well, you know what to do.

As Tresy has observed, getting out the news is too important to be left to the professionals.

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