Alvin Rabushka on the New Bias in Polling
The “Shy Tory Voter” phenomenon has come to America.
So writes my Hoover colleague Alvin Rabushka. Alvin goes on to explain as follows:
The universality of political correctness, which means that you cannot speak the truth on any controversial topic, because someone or some group will say it is hurtful, has filtered down to the business of polling. Voters are increasingly lying to pollsters to avoid saying anything that might be deemed hurtful, but have no such concerns in the quiet secrecy of the polling booth.
I don’t know if he’s right, but he could be right. It’s certainly an interesting hypothesis. If he is right, that has huge implications.