Non-Candidates, Big Problems

This is so true:

Dear Pollsters,
Al Gore is not running for president. He is not going to run for president. Could you please stop running polls with him in the race? Thanks ever so.
Most gratefully yours,
–Garance Franke-Ruta

Gore is a non-candidate until proven otherwise. This should be true for all politicians. And including him in polls only renders them more meaningless than they already are. It makes them useless to politicians and the public, and wastes the polling companies’ money. It’s in the best interest of all involved to limit polls to actual, declared candidates. With eight in the race, that shouldn’t be too confining.

One thought on “Non-Candidates, Big Problems

  1. It’s in the best interest of all involved to limit polls to actual, declared candidates.
    Actually, the right step is to limit polls to viable candidates, whether or not they are declared. Of course a candidate may not be viable if there is no chance that he will declare, but he certainly need not have declared yet to make the poll interesting.
    On the other side, there are candidates who cannot be viable — in the past that included Lyndon Larouche. These should not be listed in most polls.
    I don’t know the chance that Gore will declare. If he did, he would be a very credible candidate. You have to multiply that by an unknown.

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