"Frankly at this early stage, polls go up, polls go down."—Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who, as Taegan Goddard notes, is "apparently not aware the election is 41 days away."
Do you love all the conservatives complaining about the media fixing polls? I love it. Mostly because WHO CARES. For all the conservative voters who see Mitt Romney trailing and think, "I won't bother voting, because he's definitely going to lose," there are liberal voters thinking, "I won't bother voting, because Obama's definitely got it in the bag." And still other conservatives who think, "Shit, I've really got to get out there and vote to help Romney."
There aren't a lot of people who vote based on polls. It's foolish to pretend that there are, and further foolish still to pretend that polls only motivate people in a single direction.
Though, admittedly, not as foolish as asserting we're in the "early stage" of the election.