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5/09/2007

Local Man the "Mack Daddy" of Online Poll Manipulation

(Toledo, OH) Life for unemployed steelworker Travis Rogers has admittedly been "kind of bleak" since being laid off six months ago.

Still, the Toledo resident has developed an unusual niche in cyberspace, becoming what he described as a "professional poll manipulator."

"Pretty basically, I go to a site like CNN.com and jack with the online polls they post," he said, sipping from a cup of coffee. "Like the other day, when I singlehandedly turned around a poll on Queen Elizabeth II from 76% 'favorable' to 92% 'unfavorable.' Anyone looking at the poll results when I got finished would assume that Americans think more highly of crack whores carrying Hepatitis C than the Queen of England."

Rogers said that he uses a variety of "legal and illegal techniques" in his quest for poll obfuscation.

"You name it: IP proxies, multiple browsers, switching from Explorer to Firefox - there's a million ways to outsmart a polling program," he chuckled, pausing to push up favorable numbers on a People.com poll on Paris Hilton. "When someone like me wants to take down the system, no poll is safe."

Left: Rogers helped sway a People.com poll, with 97% of respondents agreeing with the statement that "Paris Hilton is a good role model for children"

One of the highpoints of Rogers' new career as a poll manipulator occurred after the Cho Seung-Hui massacre at Virginia Tech.

"I was working overtime to change public opinion on the causes of the shooting on a CBS.com poll," he laughed. "By the end of Tuesday I had 71% of respondents blaming the tragedy on the guy's poor parents. Fucking pricless!"

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