Grand 'Pree' or Grand 'Prix'? Don't ask the pollsters

May 14, 2011|By Laura Vozzella

Push pollsters, start your engines.

The race for mayor, already off and running, seems to be picking up speed now that we've had our first report of a "push poll."

A reader e-mailed me this week to say that a purported pollster had called to ask a bunch of leading questions that she believes were intended to push support toward a mayoral challenger.

Since she didn't have a recording of the conversation, I haven't heard from anybody else, and the challenger in question denies it, I'm not going to identify the candidate. If someone comes up with some proof, I'll put the name out there.

But for now, here's what the reader wrote, with the name bleeped out:

"A telephone 'poll' at our home in downtown Baltimore last evening sounded suspiciously like a push-poll for [bleep] and against Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. You know the kind of thing ... '[Bleep] says all neighborhoods should receive the full attention of the mayor, not just the neighborhoods of the "haves" but also the neighborhoods of the "have nots." Knowing that, who (sic) do you favor . . .'"

The reader took issue not only with the slanted nature of the questions, but the grammar and pronunciation of those who asked them. She wrote:

"The people behind this 'poll' might want to hire a better educated group of pollsters. Besides the often tricky who / whom issue, there were numerous mispronunciations. My favorite was 'Grand Prix' pronounced as 'Grand Pricks.'"

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