Some pundits wonder whether polls are affected by the Bradley Effect. Tom Bradley was the African-American who ran statewide in California whose polling was artificially high because so many white voters would not admit to a pollster that they would vote against a Black man.
There is no longer a Bradley Effect. Those of us who worked for Harold Ford for Senate in Tennessee saw the opposite of the Bradley Effect. In fact, Harold Ford who is Black did much better than the polls predicted. Obama will out-perform the polls.
But for the thousandth time turnout will determine who wins the presidency and the Congress.
All of us must continue the worker to worker, person to person phone banking, worksite talking and door knocking that will carry the President to a second term, hold the Senate, and give us a real shot at winning back the House of Representatives.
The economy is improving at a slightly quicker pace. For the first time in months of polling, finally more Americans are saying their lives are better now than four years ago.
Keep pushing all the way to victory. Tomorrow is Saturday – door knocking day. Please make sure you are hitting the doors tomorrow!
Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.