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Mayor says ‘push polling’ used to intimidate Medina residents

Staff Reports Posted 5 December 2014 at 12:00 am

MEDINA – A secret group is conducting “push polling” about Medina’s village government dissolution, trying to intimidate residents to oppose dissolution, Mayor Andrew Meier said.

He issued this statement today:

“Numerous constituents have been in contact with my office about intimidating, high-pressure telemarketing calls they have been receiving. Pollsters ask leading questions about village dissolution, and refuse to say for whom the “poll” is being conducted or who is paying for it. The Village of Medina is not responsible for these calls. Residents are urged to exercise caution with respect to any and all coercive campaign tactics.”

Meier labeled the tactic a “push poll” where an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of voters under the guise of conducting a poll.

The dissolution of the village government goes before village voters on Jan. 20.