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1/22: Top Ten Things Candidates Say When They Know They Are Down in the Polls


1/22: Top Ten Things Candidates Say When They Know They Are Down in the Polls

The top ten things candidates say when they know they are down in the polls are:

10) I’m right where I want to be.

9) Polls go up, polls go down.

8) I’m running neck and neck among _________ (fill in demographic group).

7) That’s not what our polls show.

6) We always expected it to be close.

5) We’ve got a great ground game.

4) Once voters get to know me, the numbers will turn around.

3) We’re competing for every vote, and we expect it to be very close.

2) I don’t put much stock in the polls. It’s the voters who count.

1)   I love that poll. It’s a fair poll, and I’m going to win, and it will be huge!   (This is an alternate universe comment and does not need to fit the category)


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Lee M. Miringoff is the director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion. Follow Lee on Twitter at @LeeMiringoff.



  1. Sir Robert Worcester

    January 30, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    You left out the Number One thing that politicians say in Britain: “Thr only poll that counts is the one on Election Day!”


    Bob Worcester
    Founder MORI

  2. susan

    January 23, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Polls are not accurate this far out.
    Polls are polls, I don’t pay much attention.
    Who is Marist? Who is Quinnipiac?
    It’s within the margin of error (even if its not).
    Polls lie. They’re skewed (usually implying a liberal conspiracy).

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