The philosopher assumes what is to be proven, that public opinion polls are accurate.
And the biologist proudly administers the coup de grace: "Correlation is not causation."
I'm sure Professor Fair will be resigning in disgrace any minute now.
(By the way, all the regression-haters should check out this forecast of how many medals each country will win in the Olympics. Even if a biologist needed to warn a world-renowned econometrician about correlation not being causation, this simple regression model for medals might do pretty well.)