No Polling of Cell Phone-Only Users

By Deane Barker on October 15, 2004

Pollsters can’t survey cell phone-only users: Speaking of unintended effects of technology, here’s another interesting one:

A growing number of people rely solely on cell phones to make and take calls, putting them out of reach of polling organizations trying to get a fix on the American electorate.

Since people who use cell phones only are more likely be young, there’s a good chance that this is having a subtle effect on the polls, since that group is shut out of the polling process. Even if the effect is small, in an election this close, it could make a big difference in actual votes vs. poll numbers on November 2.

I’ll leave it to you to decide who’s going to come out on the bad side of the difference.



  1. After the cell phones penetration in the US society reached above 30%, a smart one, two-three years ago could change some law and allow the pooling companies call the cell phones users too. Not, smart enough Mister Bush, you put down the telecomm industry four years ago, now… is gonna come back and bite at you! Not at you as a person, because you don’t resemble any treat, but Cheney and Rumsfeld, the puppet maneuvers will be in stitches!

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