These eleven articles, originally published on iPolitics, will be reposted on this blog with section headings consistent with the earlier posts. In the meantime you can access the complete articles by clicking on the titles. Thanks for your patience.


How polls demonized federal deficits (Part Two)

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Mar 9, 2013 10:13 am | 0 Comments

In part one of this article we examined how a highly respected newspaper like the New York Times employed biased polling questions to arrive at the questionable conclusion that the American public is in favor of austerity measures to cut deficits. In part two, we shed light on why this happens and its consequences for the U.S. economy….

How polls demonized deficits in the U.S. (Part One)

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Mar 8, 2013 8:53 pm | 0 Comments

Recent polls suggest that most Americans have bought the austerity argument that deficits are bad for the economy and need to be eliminated.  However, a closer look reveals this conclusion is unwarranted. It appears the poll questions are biased because they don’t provide respondents with a legitimate option on how deficits could be eliminated through a stimulus program to create jobs….

Apocalypse not: The fiscal cliff, Washington and the polls

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Dec 26, 2012 9:00 pm | 0 Comments

Public opinion on the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ offers yet another sorry demonstration of how political and media interests have conspired to create a crisis atmosphere for something potentially far less traumatic….

The CBC will run out of money before excuses

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Dec 8, 2012 5:00 am | 2 Comments

Some weeks ago I attended a memorial for Jim Murray.  For many years Jim was the executive producer of the CBC’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki.  The show won numerous awards….

Polling the third presidential debate: Republican bias and attacking lies

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Oct 26, 2012 2:06 pm | 1 Comments

The CNN/ORC poll of those who watched the third presidential debate again understated the degree to which Obama dominated his Republican adversary. As was the case in the second debate, the reason for this was an overrepresentation of Republicans in the sample that was selected….

The true measure of Obama’s victory in the second debate

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Oct 21, 2012 5:16 am | 1 Comments

Public opinion polls giving President Obama a modest and indecisive advantage over Governor Romney in the second debate may have substantially underestimated the strength of his debate performance. The cause of this distortion can be tied to the degree to which there was significant overrepresentation of Republican voters in the poll samples…

What Bill Clinton and the polls say about politics in America

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Sep 19, 2012 4:56 am | 0 Comments

Without resorting to over-the-top partisan vilification, Clinton’s DNC speech made it apparent that Republican policies could not achieve their goals as they pertain to deficit reduction, reducing taxes, and sustaining …

How America was robbed of its voice

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Aug 9, 2012 4:31 am | 0 Comments

Associating partisan phraseology with Republican or Democratic positions, cues respondents to readily answer poll questions on complex issues. For pollsters, the partisan propaganda process yields a high level of response …

How the polls helped the PCs win in Alberta

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | May 2, 2012 5:01 am | 0 Comments

While the polls were dead wrong in predicting a Wildrose majority, they were critical in helping to craft the Progressive Conservative victory.

Déja vu: the manipulation of U.S. public opinion in favour of war

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Apr 4, 2012 4:47 am | 0 Comments

Why are American media giants like the New York Times and CBS News disseminating polling results that are fanning the flames of war against Iran?

Propagating the myth of a “Divided America”

By Oleh Iwanyshyn | Mar 6, 2012 5:01 am | 0 Comments

It can be argued that the biggest problem America faces is not the deficit in its budget. It’s the deficit in truth and trust of its government institutions. Yet this

About Oleh Iwanyshyn

Oleh Iwanyshyn has been involved professionally with surveys from the mid-70s when he started as a methodologist at the Institute for Behavioral Research at York University. Later, while at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation his focus shifted to media and election surveys. He now runs his own survey research company, ViewStats Research, established in 1997 and specializing in online surveys. Public opinion surveys is an essential communication tool between a democratic society and its leaders. Unfortunately, surveys can be very easily manipulated. Revealing such manipulations and their consequences is the raison d'être of the poll stuff blog.
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