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Most important poll?

The Weekly Reader poll is out, "and the winner is President Bush. Hundreds of thousands of students participated, giving the Republican President more than 60% of the votes cast and making him a decisive choice over Democratic Senator John Kerry.

Since 1956, Weekly Reader students in grades 1-12 have correctly picked the president, making the Weekly Reader poll one of the most accurate predictors of presidential outcomes in history."

Discussions - 4 Comments

Children have a way of seeing the good/bad in people without getting muddled in all of those "gray" adult areas.

I have to admit that I was getting scared that Kerry could win the election, but it really seems that Bush is surging ahead. Even CNN, as democratic as they are, is reporting that Bush has an eight point lead in Florida.

I am hearing so many different things, it makes my head spin.

I honestly don’t know what to think of the polls. Most have Bush up (some have Bush way up) and a couple have Kerry up (although only by a couple of points). I also think there are only a few undecideds (about 1%). I think people have made up their minds and I think polls are missing this in some way. I have nothing to back up these allegations, it is just a feeling.

I feel good about it but I still have some nagging negative feelings. I’ll be glad when it is over.

The theory goes like this. Kids hear what their parents say in unguarded moments. People think twice about what they say to friends, coworkers, or pollsters. Therefore, the kids are repeating their parents’ true feelings.

My son participated in this poll. He apologized to me for voting for Kerry, however he fears that if Bush wins, his best friend’s family will leave the country, as they have reportedly threatened. Our 8 year old has been forced to learn about hyperbole and hate for an institution, an office and an executive officer this year simply by living in an extremely biased political climate.

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