The Tracking Poll

I receive a lot of information from political parties and candidates. Normally I subscribe to their newsletters, e-mails, and follow many of them on Facebook and Twitter. Often I share the information I receive so my readers can be better informed. I also offer my personal commentary.

By the way, I don’t donate to any of these people, groups, or political organizations.

So I was not too surprised when I went to my mailbox yesterday and found the May 2011 Voter Approval Ratings envelope from the Republican National Committee (RNC).

The envelope contained a four page letter from the RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus (who looks like a young Don Knotts), and a four page “tracking poll” for Montana.

As I have said many times, any political mailing with more than a two-page (front and back) letter is worthless. One would think the golden boy Priebus and his team would know that.

Section one listed about 16 Republican “leaders” who are being considered to run as candidates for President. Some of those listed already said no (Huckabee, Barbour, Jindal) and some (Gingrich) basically ended their candidacy by running their mouth too much. One friend told me that Gingrich was already “Newtered” by his remarks over the weekend. That was before it was discovered he was not that “fiscally conservative” in the credit card department (Story Here).

They also wanted my opinion on “Key Issues” and my approval ratings for National Leaders like President Obama, Harry Reid, and John Boehner. They also asked for my approval ratings of the “Montana Leadership” (Baucus, Tester, Rehberg, and Schweitzer).

I wonder if I give a low approval rating for Rehberg, if that means the RNC will send more money to Montana to elect him. Hmm.

Of course they close out the “Tracking Poll” with a menu of political contribution choices. The cheapest one has a circle to check next to: YES, these are my own personal views as a registered voter in the state of Montana. The most expensive one is in the middle: “YES, I would like to support…”blah, blah, blah. I could select $25, $50, $100, $250 or another amount. They also draw a line to $25 and write “minimum amount for membership.” My favorite one is the last one that states, “No, I cannot contribute at this time, but I am enclosing $10.00 to help defray the cost of processing my poll.” “Processing my poll” just sounds funny if you say it out loud (that’s your giggle for today).

Political parties are heading down the toilet. Realistically, about 30-40% of the voters side with one political party of the other (maybe lower). That’s their hard base of support. The other chunk is the people in the middle who ultimately decide the elections. That is where the battle is in almost every election.