What do polls really reveal?

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What does it say that the general voter populace jumps on a politician’s bandwagon when first entering the fray or after the latest catch phrase or a single debate performance, only to switch allegiance a day or two later at the latest buzz word or a prospective rival throws his/her hat into the muck? By all accounts, (Herman) Cain was a mid-level Republican candidate, at best, until he won a straw poll with resulting media attention. Now his overall numbers are leading the pack. This after (Rick) Perry jumped into the fray and immediately his poll numbers exceeded them all, for a short time. Initially, (Michelle) Bachman had R’s swooning and the media salivating. Now? If (Chris) Christie had jumped he would have shot to the top because of his tough talk but I doubt he would have lasted due to his, well, ehh, tough talk with no coherent policy. All (Jon) Huntsman (Jr.), (Ron) Paul, or (Rick) Santorum have to do is say something outrageous to jack up their poll numbers. Huntsman, the best Republican candidate in my view, won’t do that. He is too classy and mature. I’m only using the Repub’s here to make a point. My conclusion of the fickle voter would be the same if the Dems were thrashing around to replace an incumbent Republican. The obvious answer, at least to me, is that most people do absolutely no candidate homework as to history or depth of character. The childish criticism over the most innocuous and simplest statements by any sitting president by the opposing party will guarantee a no vote by me. We need to go back to school and do our homework. Kent Campbell, Auburn