Sunday, April 01, 2007

Ron Paul returns with a bang to pajamasmedia poll

Pajamas media had removed Ron Paul from their presidential poll. Now he's back in, at least until they find some new arbitrary reason to remove him again. I was hesitant to promote such a lame website, but I decided to install their voting booth widget just for kicks. You can vote for Dr. P in about one second using the red, white and blue box on the right.

I'm not sure exactly what they are measuring with this totally unscientific "poll", but whatever it is, Dr. Paul has it.


Michael Boldin said...

Great post, Jim. Checked the main poll and Dr. Paul was leading all-comers at the time of this comment. Long-shot, indeed, but at least that gives supporters some hope, and some motivation that there we're not alone.

James Babb said...

From the pajamasmedia website:

"OUR EDITORS’ TAKE: What does the ascendancy of Fred Thompson and Ron Paul mean? Is this an Internet (early adopter) harbinger of things to come? In the case of Thompson, we think this is indeed a possibility. The former Tennessee senator-slash-prosecutor-slash-movie-and-television-star has… despite being undeclared … fared quite well on other polls. On the latest Fox News Poll he is ahead of the declared Romney and the undeclared Gingrich, ditto on the Gallup Poll.

Ron Paul is a different matter. The paleo-libertarian seems to be a purely Internet Phenomenon. He has yet to score significantly on any national poll, his best being a mere 3% on Zogby. Of course this could change. Pajamas Media would like to note, however, that the vast majority of his votes in our poll (1331 of 1725) were placed right here on the portal site, suggesting a determined effort by his supporters to “bomb” this poll. Support for other candidates in both parties is spread over the approximately three hundred and growing websites that now have widgets (polling places) for the PJM Straw Poll. "

So evidently, having a poll widget directly on a supporters page produces a legitimate result, but voters using the home page are "bombers."


Kevin Bailey, Texas Democrat said...

Yes, that's EXACTLY what it means. For further examples of this, check out the current Drudge poll, as well as the ABC poll, both regarding the winner of the debate. Do you wack-jobs REALLY think that bombing these polls is going to do anything other than make YOU look bad?

Kevin Bailey, Texas Democrat said...

Ah, so you've made it so that only those comments favorable to your position get through. Very convenient.