Nate Silver Interviews Push Poller

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Partisan Hacks, Polls

And the results are hilariously profane.

I won’t post those bits here, but definitely jump over to FiveThirtyEight for the entire, unedited transcript of their conversation.

To begin…

I had the chance this afternoon to speak with John Ziegler, a documentary filmmaker and former radio talk show host who built the website HowObamaGotElected.com and is promoting a forthcoming documentary of the same name. [...]

Ziegler had contacted me by e-mail, asking if I’d like to interview him; the interview itself was conducted by telephone. Ziegler asked, among other conditions, that I post a full transcript of the interview, which I have. The transcript below is intended to be representative as possible from my shorthand transcript, with the exception of two or three rapid-fire ad-hominem exchanges being edited out. The transcript, however, is not safe for work.

Nate Silver [NS]: Were only Obama supporters interviewed for the [Zogby] survey, or was everyone interviewed?

John Ziegler [JZ]: The reason why I interviewed Obama supporters only is because I’m doing a documentary on the media coverage of the campaign and how the media coverage of the campaign impacted what Obama supporters knew or thought they knew about the campaign. I had planned from day one because I knew that no one would take seriously any random sampling of interviewees that I was going to commission a scientific poll of these questions. I also knew that it would be a lot cheaper for me to do a nationwide survey of Obama voters than the nation as a whole because basically I’d only have to do half the number of people to get a representative sample. When I went on FOX last night, I made a deal that if anyone on the left — you’re more than willing to take me up on this — wants to ask the exact same deal of the McCain supporters and you get examples that are equal to or worse than the Obama supporters, then I’ll pay for your expense. The point here was not to show that Obama supporters were idiots — there are plenty of idiots on both sides of the aisle — but what information they got from the media that they were able to consume.

To reiterate, what follows is not safe for work, but when did that ever stop you?


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3 Responses to “Nate Silver Interviews Push Poller”

  1. Chris Says:

    It seems to me that the republicans are complaining about the obama campaign using the republican bag of tricks. Manipulating through media, and through emotions and fears. I didn’t read all of the link, but what I did read of it was a waste of time. But I hear countless righties complaining that obama supporters don’t even know why they’re supporting him, or that they have the facts wrong. Wow, that must be what it feels like to be a republican…

    I have no fears however, because all the smart people still voted for obama. So even if the dumb easily impressionable people voted for him this time, we know those are the so-called “swing” voters.

  2. Ed Says:

    It’s like the Republicans still think it’s 1980, and Lee Atwater is running the campaigns. Totally disregarding that 24-hour news stations, talk radio and the blogs are here to document all of the lies and distortions.

    3 weeks ago, it was the liberal elite intelligentsia that was supporting Obama, but now we are to believe that stupid voters are the reason for his win. As if we couldn’t find a group of McCain/Palin voters who were ill-informed. We saw them every day at the rallies.

    But I don’t mind when people like John Ziegler are given a platform for their idiocy. It further relegates the Republicans to the background. People are excited to change the culture in Washington, and this is the same old rabid partisanship. Like the old saying “If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem”. Most of the country will continue to see Republicans are the problem in they don’t support the president and try obstruct him at every turn.

  3. blackoutyears Says:

    Hysterical. The best part is the challenge that Silver will never *publish this transcript*. The disconnect is amazing.

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