RUSH: We’re gonna start with Charles in Noblesville, Indiana. Charles, thank you for calling and waiting. It’s great to have you here, sir. Hi.
CALLER: Hi, Rush. Great to talk to you.
RUSH: Appreciate that, sir.
CALLER: I told your screener I’m 68 years old and I’ve never voted in my life, and that’s certainly not something I’m proud of, but somehow just the thought of Bill and Hillary Clinton back in the White House just makes me sick. And with all that’s at stake for this country, I had to do what little I could to stop it.
RUSH: So you are primarily voting for the first time to vote “no” for Hillary Clinton; that’s really what’s inspiring or motivating you here?
CALLER: Yes, that is. We know what Donald Trump can be. I mean, we can see him for what he is, but compared to Bill and Hillary Clinton, you know, to me there’s just no choice with good conscience.
RUSH: If you ask me, Hillary Clinton is a woman who ought to be facing impeachment charges for what we know she has done.
RUSH: Here’s Alex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Hi. Great to have you here.
CALLER: Hey! Thank you so much for having me, and thanks for helping keep me sane this election cycle.
RUSH: Well, I appreciate that. What about my sanity? You know, I’m the one who has to do this every day and when I get out of here, there is nobody like me talking about it.
CALLER: Oh, you get paid a lot better for it.
RUSH: (laughing) Yeah, right.
CALLER: I just have a couple of comments for you. I’m a 25-year-old here in North Carolina, registered Libertarian, and I went and early voted for Trump this week. And this morning I took my elderly grandfather and a friend of ours, a neighbor. It was the first time he voted in many elections, and my elderly neighbor in her seventies, this is actually the first time she ever voted just to go out there to vote for Donald Trump. So the polls aren’t showing lots of these people that are coming out.
RUSH: Wait. So you took two people to vote, did you say, and they hadn’t voted before?
CALLER: Well, my grandfather was a registered Democrat years and years ago but hasn’t voted in a long time.
CALLER: The other woman in her seventies has never voted.
RUSH: They both voted for Trump?
CALLER: Oh, yes.
RUSH: Yeah. “Oh, yeah. Foregone…” Okay, cool. Well, again, this is what a lot of people hope is happening out there, and the interesting… I haven’t seen any more exit polling data, just that one release on want a strong leader. (chuckling) You know, it could be… Look, we can sit here and dream. It could be the exit poll data is so bad for Hillary they’re just sitting on it. Well, they released one thing and then there’s no more? The one thing they released is a majority of people want a strong leader as president.
That’s the thing they wanted most in a leader, a strong leader for president, and we haven’t gotten any more? I’m just saying. I’m like everybody else in this; I don’t really know what’s happening. We all know what we want to happen.
RUSH: Here’s Nancy in Little Rock as we head back to the phones. I’m glad you waited. Hi.
CALLER: Hi! Thank you, Rush. Thank you for taking my call. I’m supposed to get right to the point, so I will. My daughter is 36. She has not voted since 2004, and she’s very excited about Trump, blah, blah, blah. But what I don’t know and what I want to ask is: How are voters like that that I’ve heard call into your show…? How are they polled, or are they polled? Because they’re not really likely voters that would be included, would they?
RUSH: Well, basically you think that your daughter represents the kind of voter polling is not catching, right?
CALLER: Yes. That’s what I’m asking.
RUSH: Yeah. Polling is… (sigh) It’s like television audience. If you’re a Nielsen family, that means you’re one of a thousand homes that has a box on your TV that records what you watch. And now it records what you record on your DVR and watch later. And from that, the success or failure of TV shows is determined, a thousand people. And because the system accepts it, everybody lives by it. Same thing with polling.
They’ll go out and these guys talk to a sample of 800 people, and never talk to your daughter or me or you. Another poll will talk to another 900 people, maybe 1,200, and they’ll tell us that that represents a projection of the voting population. And since everybody accepts what they say — both parties accept it, the candidates accept it — then that’s what we go by. And then you compare what they project to the results, and sometimes they’re right on the money and sometimes they’re not.
You just don’t know until each election is over. Cell phones versus landlines. Have they come down catching people on cell phones? They used to call people on landlines only. So it’s constantly changing. Anyway, I’m glad you called. That question’s been asked by a bunch of people ever since I’ve been doing this. I appreciate the chance to answer it.