The game of politics is not for the faint of heart. A very savvy political candidate I once worked for said this, “never look at the polls unless your mama tells you she likes what she’s seeing.” sage advice.
It has occurred to me how many lessons deliberate creators can take from understanding how poll numbers work.
Poll numbers don’t reflect fact. They reflect trends that were happening in a specified number of cycle days prior to the poll. Simply put, what you see in front of you is only evidence of an energetic trend that has passed.
It doesn’t mean anything about what’s actually happening today. If you take a poll for what it is, a trend, even bad numbers are empowering. It’s very similar to how our perceived “reality” of today is just an indicator of where we’ve been, not where we really are.
Different polls of the same groups on the same issues say different things, sometimes vastly different things. Why? Perspective is everything. Different vantage points produce different results.
Timing is everything. You can plan a cycle of polling data on one day that will heavily influence the trend polls to come based on timing alone. Polls help people form opinions about something that just happened even if the poll had nothing to do with the event. Meaning on a subconscious level we are more influenced by what other people think about something than we know.
Even the most well-executed polls can be a part of the spin. Two questions that can sound almost identical, but are asked with slightly different words can produce vastly different results. Never underestimate the power of the right questions to shape perceived reality. Not all polls are intended to be honest. Nor do all polls produce unbiased results. Even a trusted source might have an agenda.
Don’t let anyone tell you what reality is, no matter how compelling the evidence.
Lisa Hayes, The Love Whisperer, is an LOA Relationship Coach. She helps clients leverage Law of Attraction to get the relationships they dream about and build the lives they want. Lisa is the author of the newly released hit book, Score Your Soulmate and How to Escape from Relationship Hell and The Passion Plan.
Posted on 10/19/2012 at 12:00:00 AM