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I Am So Over Polls-Are You?

23 Oct

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

In years past, I enjoyed answering telephone polling questions. I felt I was being given an opportunity to have a voice.

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I have been on the “outs” with political polls since 1992. That is the year I realized polls were being used to shape elections. That those running for office adjusted their campaign talking points based on what was polling well, not what they planned to do once elected. And we wonder why the people we send to Washington don’t deliver what they promised.

21st Century polls evolved further into not simply asking questions but shaping a narrative. Adjust the question/answer formula and one can manipulate the outcome. I am not fond of manipulation, are you?

2020 elections have added a new component to polls….fear. In this digital age of data mining, one’s answers and even their phone numbers can be sold. With the media fanning fears of Civil War, this is troubling.

Have you received a polling phone call or text this year? I always feel bad for the person placing the call. Must be a tough job.


Recently I was contacted once by text and once by phone. The text asked my choice for President. I responded undecided. On the phone call I gave approval to both candidates and declared myself undecided. I kind of like giving the undecided answer. I mentally picture someone analyzing the stats, frantically wondering how to convert the undecided votes.


I mentioned earlier that I don’t like to be manipulated, but I do get a kick out of trying to manipulate the manipulators.

I love this picture!

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

PS Thank you for not posting any candidate or party specific comments.

I'm a winner

After my retirement, I decided to re-learn the canning and preserving skills I learned from my mother but hadn’t practiced for twenty years. I titled the blog Old Things R New to chronicle my experience.  Since then I have been blessed to have six other bloggers join me, DiVoran Lites, Bill Lites,  Judy Wills, Louise Gibson, Janet Perez Eckles and Melody Hendrix

In addition to blogging, I work as the publicist/marketer/ amateur editor and general  “mom Friday” for my author daughter, Rebekah Lyn. I also manage her website, Rebekah Lyn Books .

My 2020 goal is to use my love of photographs and words to be an encourager on social media. You can visit Real Life Books and Media You Tube Channel if you would like to view some of the mini-videos I have created for our church, Gateway Community in Titusville, Fl.

A National Zoning Law?

4 Oct

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

This past weekend we made a quick trip through Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. We traveled back roads and interstates and I noticed something odd. We are one month away from a major national election and we saw no political signs for the presidential race. At first I thought maybe there was a national zoning law that I missed hearing about. This theory didn’t fly when we were on back roads and I saw signs for local races.  During the whole four-day weekend, I saw two bumper stickers, one for each party. So this  led me to do some questioning.

My first question involves passion. Have we as Americans lost our passion for our country? Has the ongoing financial crisis moved us to apathy? Maybe we don’t believe it matters who we elect.

Another explanation could be technology. Have we moved beyond signs, billboards and bumper stickers because everything we want to know is on our smart phones?

Finally, are we so passionate about this election we are spending our time “stealing” the opposition signs as fast as they are being put out? One of my family members put out a sign at the entrance to her neighborhood and it promptly disappeared. To date, in my small town I have seen only one sign for a presidential candidate. I have to admit  in the past I have been sorely tempted to steal a few political signs. Some candidates really irk me but this is what America is about, everyone having the chance to voice their opinion and to support whomever they choose.

Now that the presidential debates have begun, will we see more signs? I hope so. It seems every election is “the most important” ever. This may sound like crying wolf but I don’t believe it is. This election season many people are participating in Forty Days of Prayer. I think maybe we should have been doing this for every election.

I would love to hear from you, what is happening in your town?

2 Chronicles 7:14

Bumper sticker car parked in Santa Cruz, Calif...

Bumper sticker car parked in Santa Cruz, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

John F. Kennedy Bumper Sticker - NARA - 194067

John F. Kennedy Bumper Sticker – NARA – 194067 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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