Main Entry: push poll
Part of Speech: n
Definition: an opinion poll done with loaded questions or offering negative information to sway the opinions of those polled
Usage: push-polling n
push poll. Dictionary.com. Webster's New Millennium™ Dictionary of English, Preview Edition (v 0.9.7). Lexico Publishing Group, LLC. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/push poll (accessed: September 15, 2008).
So, let's look at the facts:
1) It was an opinion poll
2) It was a loaded question
3) It was loaded to see "who could be persuaded to vote for your candidate"
Now, I realize that there was nothing in the push poll that was dishonest. However, many people I know (with the exception of the minority that are dumb enough to fall for negative push polling) are smart enough to recognize this as a push poll, and think that we are being dishonest.
Surely, there are better ways to beat Greg Curtis.
However, this was a push poll. You can a pile of manure "fertilizer," but it's still manure.