21 Dec

What Matters for Monday, December 21, 2015

How fair are polls? That depends on many different factors. Chad shares the latest results from Public Policy Polling’s on whether a fictional city should be bombed. But, what information does this poll provide? How was the data collected? Was everyone polled asked the same question in the same manner? If you’ve ever taking a statistics or marketing class, you know there are variables to consider that can skew your results AND then there’s spin.

Next, Chad talks to McAdenville Mayor Farrell Buchanan. Mayor Buchanan tells Chad the story of Christmastown, USA got started in 1956 when the owner of the mill asked some men to put lights in the trees. In 1980, Wilmington native, the late Charles Kuralt named the town, Christmastown, USA. He explains more than 600-thousand people come to see the lights every year. It takes more than two hours to get in and see the millions of lights that decorate almost every house in the town surrounding the lake with a fountain in the middle. Chad asks Mayor Buchanan why he decided to become Mayor. Mayor Buchanan says he was on town council and there were things he wanted to get done so he put his name on the ballot and a sign in his restaurant. After the election, he woke up and discovered he’d won. Chad asks what are some of the accomplishments he’s made of which he’s most proud. Mayor Buchanan says so many people want to move into the town and they are growing. He says some of the town’s challenges include repairing or replacing infrastructure. The town was established in the late 19th century so taking it into the 21st century, even for only a thousand residents, can be difficult. For the most part though, Mayor Buchanan says residents are quite happy with the Mayberry-like atmosphere of the town. If you haven’t been to McAdenville at least once, you should add it to your list. It’s truly beautiful!

In the second hour, Civitas President Francis De Luca joins Chad. Francis starts by sharing information from an article he read on how they celebrate Christmas in Japan – with KFC and a chocolate cake with a Christmas tree on top. Chad marvels at how the southern-fried concoction is like spiral hams in the U.S. They quickly move to who is and who is not running for office now that the filing deadline has passed. One of the rumors Chad had heard has now been shown as false. Chad had heard that Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler wouldn’t finish his term. He will and he now has a challenger because of the call to register all chickens in the state to help prevent the spread of Avian Flu. Francis notes how interesting it is to see who has and doesn’t have a primary challenger. Chad says it’s just strange to be talking about politics before Christmas. Francis questions whether the election season really gets started right after the new year. So, this begs the question – will this boil down to name recognition? Chad also asks about polling accuracy. Francis says it’s getting harder to get people to participate in polls. To get accurate answers, Francis tells Chad Civitas may have to go back to door-to-door polling. “There’s an art to polling.”

Finally, does having a position of power lead to a longer life? Chad shares a new study that says the higher the office to which you’re elected, the more of your life you lose. Interesting. Makes you wonder why anyone wants to ever run for office, doesn’t it?

On the show tomorrow, Republican candidate for State Treasurer Dale Folwell and AFP State Director Donald Bryson.

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