A tight race or a landslide? The answer to this question greatly depends on which poll you want to pay attention to. Rep. John Dingell, often referred to as the Dean of the House of Representatives because of his lengthy record setting years of service, is being challenged by Republican Rob Steele (a local cardiologist) that is trying to keep Dingell from obtaining a record 29th term.
It was poll results published by the Detroit Free Press on October 8, 2010 that first started the concern of misinformation being played in the campaign. The report by the Free Press of the polling data provided by Rossman Group of Lansing and Team TelCom that concluded “A new independent poll has the dean of the U.S. House, Rep. John Dingell, trailing his Republican opponent, Rob Steele, by 4 percentage points.” Additionally, the Free Press article further states, “Dingell’s campaign said the survey — conducted by the Rossman Group of Lansing and Team TelCom — is a Republican front and is contradicted by other polls in recent weeks.” Apparently there are people that think that results in an election can be altered by posting inaccurate information; in the hopes that if you say it loud enough it will become true.
Thankfully a more reasoned and rational poll of the current state of the Dingell/Steele election has recently been posted by a local Detroit television station on October 21, 2010. The WXYZ Action News article more accurately states the current state of the 15″TH District election probability as:
According to an exclusive WXYZ/Detroit Free Press poll conducted by EPIC MRA for our statewide media partners, Dingell is beating his Republican opponent, physician Robert Steele, by 17 points.
How one can go from 4 points behind to 17 points ahead in a period of weeks can only be explained by bad polling in the first place. This is further evidence that one needs to carefully evaluate the information that you read or hear as people sometimes have agendas where the truth is not part of the equation.
Going into the midterm elections of 2010, it looks as if Rep. John Dingell will be returned to the House for a record 29’TH term, and this is well deserved for someone that gives, and has given, his life to the service of the middle class. As a representative, John Dingell continues to get very high grades in supporting middle class values by The MiddleClass.org. He would be a welcome return to the U.S. House of Representatives for the 15″TH District in Michigan. On Feb 11, 2009 Michigan Democrat Rep. John Dingell became the longest-serving member of the House in history. Based on the recent and much less biased WXYZ poll, Dingell should cruise to another large margin of victory and continue to extend his record of serving the people, and serving in the House of Representatives. This thankful voter went out early this morning to cast his vote in favor of John Dingell’s continued representation, and I can only hope that he will win the day as expected.
Detroit Free Press
WXYZ Action News