As new presidential polls are released everyday, people wonder exactly where these numbers are coming from, and how accurate they are, and as Congressman Gregg Harper tells Newscenter 11's John Johnson, poll results should be taken with a grain of salt because of sample size and modeling extrapolation, among other things.
"You can get polls to say anything you want them to say depending upon what the question is, who's being called, when they're being called, how that question might be phrased, and are they being in a restrictive area that they are calling."
Those polls show Obama and Romney neck and neck in the race for the White House, and Congressman Harper believes that it's the debates that will ultimately sway undecided voters.
"If we back up a couple weeks to the day before the first Presidential debate, I believe that President Obama would have been re-elected. Today, if the election was held, I believe that Governor Romney would be the next President."
The partisan divide doesn't stop in the White House, it goes all the way to the Halls of Congress, and Congressman Harper says that conflict has made his first two terms in office difficult.
"There's a great frustration there because at some point you have to say we have to do things that are best for the country, get past some of that, and first and foremost, no matter who the President is, we can't continue to spend money that we don't have."
Congressman Harper is seeking re-election to a third term in the House on November 6th.