By Kelly Boggs, Message Editor
There are tent poles, telephone poles, ski poles, fishing poles, utility poles, poles for vaulting and even pole beans, which really aren’t poles at all but only climb them. Then there are public opinion polls.
The aforementioned poles have practical value. The actual value of public opinion polls is a subject for debate, especially when they are in reference to a political campaign.
“Opinion polls,” someone once observed, “measure the public’s satisfaction with its ignorance.” While this assessment might come across as somewhat cynical, when you understand the fragile nature of polls, it’s not too far from the truth.