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Republicans Are Still Clueless About Technology

The RNC straw poll mines your data but keeps the results top secret.

Paula Bolyard


January 13, 2014 - 10:29 am

2016 Presidential Survey

The RNC wants to know your favorite candidates for the 2016 presidential nomination and they’ve set up a handy straw poll on their website so you can make your views known. You can choose from a whopping thirty-two potential nominees including Rand Paul, Tea Party favorites Ted Cruz and Allen West, and a spate of undocumented Democrats establishment Republicans.

For the small price of your personal data (name, email address, zip code), you can vote for up to three candidates and then view the results…

Well, actually, no. For the small price of your data you are asked to make a donation and then you can view…

Still no.

Unlike the vast majority of polls of this sort where you’re asked for your opinion (and some of your data is mined), you don’t get to view the results. Apparently this is some top secret project of the RNC. Perhaps the outcome of the straw poll is known only to that stealthy RNC Chairman, Reince Priebus, who will at some future date enlighten the unwashed masses about who should really run for president.

One has to wonder how the decision-making process went with this straw poll. Did the RNC tech team not consider that site visitors would be annoyed at being tricked into handing over their data, only to discover that they wouldn’t be shown the results of the poll? Very poor form on the part of the RNC.

Of course, there could be a more cynical reason for this omission. The RNC may not want the public to view the results of the poll — it may burst the Christie bubble we’ve all been hearing so much about or may show that Republicans aren’t all that jazzed about the undocumented Democrats that the party would like to see win the nomination. After all, how awkward would it be if Jeb Bush went down to Ted Cruz or if Rob Portman lost badly to Allen West?

If you have any doubts that the RNC is after your data and your money and doesn’t give a hoot about your opinion, note that Ron Paul is included in the poll and that you can vote more than once.

While it won’t hurt anything to join the RNC’s mailing list, it will do little to help elect constitutional conservatives. A much better strategy is to identify good candidates and donate your time and talents directly to their campaigns.

And when Reince Priebus trots out the results of this straw poll in a few weeks, believe at your own risk.

2016 Presidential Survey

In addition to writing for PJ Tatler and PJ Lifestyle, Paula also writes for Ohio Conservative Review, and RedState. She is co-author of a new Ebook called, Homeschooling: Fighting for My Children’s Future. She is a member of the Wayne County Executive Committee. Paula describes herself as a Christian first, conservative second, and Republican third.

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While it won’t hurt anything to join the RNC’s mailing list,..

Oh yes it would. We'd have to deal with idiots that only want our votes. They don't care about upholding conservative principles or in what we have to say about how they're doing a horrible job of being an opposition party.

No thanks. They can find other suckers.
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
Dear RNC,

I am a millennial. We may be notoriously loose with our contact information but we expect something in return like a social network, an endless supply of hilarious cat pictures, maybe a virus laden browser add on or two. Your so called "straw poll" is infuriating because it provides zero feedback. Why would I want to support the makers of such a worthless web app? What chance does a political operation that infuriates me have at building a useful coalition? You can suck it.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
You said it much better than I did, Nathan. Are you listening, RNC?
33 weeks ago
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Sounds like the same "Provide Info First, See Results Later" web design on the straw poll that the Obama Administration baked into the website.

The difference between the two parties is the Democrats are only incompetent in setting up websites that are supposed to help others, while they're very careful in doing the websites that are supposed to help themselves the right way. The GOP can't design a website to their own benefit but presumably wouldn't skrew over the public with a debacle like the ObamaCare website.
33 weeks ago
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Absolutely all communication with the RNC is one way once they have your contact information. Every letter or email message will have your name inserted into a form letter basically saying "please send money". My reaction is to never send them money, knowing that the volume of junk mail will ramp up. I HATE JUNK MAIL! I check my mailbox roughly twice a week. The personally addressed junk mail is the worst because it forces me to sort and shred it. It would save both the RNC and non-donors lots of time if it was possible to opt-out of their "direct" mail.
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