For those of you not aware of the situation, the Marijuana Policy Project is pushing a statewide campaign to legalize marijuana in Nevada. Someone out there is doing some push polling which provides blatantly dishonest information about the initiative. According to an e-mail from Rob Kampia, he doesn’t yet know who is behind the push polling effort.
CRCM recently obtained a recording of a telephone “poll” that Nevadans are hearing when they answer their phones. The automated “pollster” lies to voters about what CRCM’s initiative would do, claiming that it would “make marijuana available in grocery stores and convenience stores similar to buying a pack of cigarettes” … when in fact the initiative would ban the sale of marijuana in convenience stores, grocery stores, dance halls, and gas stations. You can read the relevant section of the initiative below.
don’t provide useful information, and in this case any results obtained can only be used to provide misinformation to the public and the press. These sorts of amaturish polls are not conducted by any serious political consultant, and by the American Association of Political Consultants — an organization of which I’m proudly a member. Anyone subordinate who conducted any such polling on any of my campaigns would be immediately terminated — and I would quit working for any campaign which insisted on such unethical behavior.
I’d like to see the Nevada media pick up on this issue and loudly expose whomever is conducting this dishonest survey. This sort of behavior makes even politicians look bad.