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CDR: Obsessive Compulsive Polling Disorder


Obsessive-compulsive polling disorder (OCPD) is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by repeated, upsetting thoughts called obsessions, such as “Is the President doing a good job?” or “Is the Country on the right track or the wrong track?”  or “Am I the most popular politician in the land?”  The obsession results in repetitive actions called compulsions, which are vain attempts to resolve the obsessions by doing the same things over and over and over again, such as repeatedly dialing the phone numbers of thousands of strangers to ask the same intrusive questions again and again and again.

Two strains of OCPD have been identified and cataloged. Internal OCPD victims suffer in silence, alone or sometimes in small, often ideologically close-knit groups, while public OCPD involves a boorish exhibitionism, in which the sufferer broadcasts his obsessions and compulsions with excruciating mathematical precision in the belief he is serving some greater good.

In the United States OCPD reaches pandemic proportions every four years. There is no known cure and the only inoculation is apathy.

See also Rasmussen, Gallup, Quinnipiac, politicians, democrat, republican, election, Stan Greenberg, Frank Luntz

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