The ugly tactic of “push polling” has resurfaced in key swing states, as fake pollsters seek to influence voters with scam questions that present an unfavorable view of Barack Obama, the Guardian reports. On one call, a Jewish voter in Pennsylvania says, she was asked if she would vote for Obama if she knew he was supported by the militant organization Hamas. "It is scare tactics," she said. "It is terribly underhand."
Calls in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania have also made reference to the rumor that Obama is a Muslim—he's Christian—and stressed his association with Jeremiah Wright. The origin of the calls has not been determined, and Republican groups working on behalf of John McCain have denied using the tactic, which is believed to have led directly to his devastating loss in the 2000 South Carolina primary.