“Push Polls” are sometimes used to deceptively draw a voter away from his or her candidate of choice.
Here is how the deceptive poll works. You receive a call purporting to include you in a countywide, statewide, or nationwide poll. Once you consent to being a part of the poll, you are asked a few questions geared to reveal what candidate (or candidates) you support.
Then you are asked a question such as, “Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for that candidate if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate child?” The poll’s allegation has no substance, but is heard by thousands of primary voters. If you don’t have the time to verify the claim you could be inclined to vote for the opposing candidate.
The main advantage of push polls is that they are an effective way of maligning an opponent (“pushing” voters towards a predetermined point of view) while avoiding direct responsibility for the distorted or false information used in the push poll.
Beware of such phone calls and other dirty political tricks, for our primary election is less than one month away.