Originally Posted by Beingist
Something I don't quite understand--why do online polls seemingly always have Ron Paul winning by landslides?
The reason Ron Paul always takes the lead is because his supporters 1) tend to be younger and thus are more internet-savvy and 2) actively go around the internet getting other supporters to come fill out every internet poll available.
So for instance, when a poll appears on CNN.com asking what candidate you support, most people who support any of the other candidates will just answer the question then leave the poll/website. But Ron Paul supporters will answer the question, then go to an official Ron Paul forum/internet meeting place and get all the other RP supporters to come to CNN.com to answer the poll as well. This creates an over-representation for Ron Paul on the CNN.com website, since none of those other RP supporters would have found the poll to begin with if they hadn't been told to go there by similar supporters.
So Paul polls higher typically because his supporters are basically dedicated to their "grassroots" style of getting everyone they can to come to the website that is doing the polling, whereas other candidate supporters aren't really so active. And again, this higher level of internet activism is in part because he is popular with young people who know how to use internet forums and sites like Reddit.com and such.
Reminded me of Cooking With Sarah Palin