By the elite I mean the moderators mostly, and I don't think you have my vote. Not a problem jeez I can hardly post a comment without it being submitted for moderation and user accounts are often deleted just because they have a different view to the rest of us. Is that a society and culture you want to maintain?
The polls filter is 100% automated. It's nothing the moderators have control over, since they didn't design the filter. As for users being banned for controversial views, I don't think that's true at all. Some users who espouse controversial beliefs are noted spammers and flamers, and they are banned for that reason, but there are very controversial members, like JimTimmy, who have not been banned.