One local businessman says he’s got a better way to predict the outcome of the presidential election: Ask his customers.
“My wife and I were talking about the election with our kids and polling came up, how it can be skewed based on the way they phrase the question to get the results they want,” said Dan Foor. “I said, ‘I bet our numbers are truer than polling.’ “
So at his Magic Wash car wash locations in Madison and Middleton, Foor labeled one of his touchless wash bays for Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican, and another for Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, a Democrat, and began an unscientific survey.
As of Tuesday, a sign at Foor’s Magic Wash on Parmenter Street in Middleton showed Obama leading McCain, 324 washes to 281, or 53.6 percent to 46.4 percent. The Pflaum Road wash in Madison produced an Obama lead of 486 to 421, resulting in the exact same percentage as in Middleton.
Those figures compare to the 52.4 percent to 42.0 percent average advantage for Obama in more scientific polls conducted in Wisconsin, according to RealClearPolitics.com, a Web site that tracks polling data in states and nationally.
I don’t know if there’s any truth to this, but rumour has it that the McCain bays have been caught turning away all of the black cars, or should I saythose ones.