Sep 24 2008

Now That Is One Skewed Poll!

Published by at 7:59 am under 2008 Elections,All General Discussions

The Washington Post/ABC News poll out showing Obama with a 9 point lead (52-43) illustrates my point about bad sampling techniques. There straight party sample breaks down 38% Dem, 28% Rep and 29% Ind. When Indies are asked which way they lean the sample goes 54% Dem, 38% Rep and 7% Ind.

Is anyone surprised with a 54(D) – 38(R) sample the result is 52(D) – 43(R) race? Not me.

The 9/7/08 Poll had a sample with a party + lean of 50(D) – 41(R), and the bottom line result for that poll was 47(D) – 46(R). I seriously doubt the Dem voters will be 54-38 over the GOP voters. Especially in battleground states. Maybe these pollsters should trying calling outside NY, DC and LA?

10 responses so far

10 Responses to “Now That Is One Skewed Poll!”

  1. Mike M. says:

    I was wondering about that one. I can believe that Obama might have a 3-5 point advantage today (he won’t have it after the debates), but NINE?

  2. MerlinOS2 says:

    PPP just released a poll in Colorado which puts Obama up +7

    Now what the issue is here is that the party split was

    Dem 40
    Rep 36
    Ind 24

    However August voter registration number per the spreadsheet available from the Secretary of State show the registration breakdown is

    Dem 30.6
    Rep 34.8
    Ind 34.5

    But in general AJ follow any of the polls and for the vast majority of the states the independents are near split with a few exceptions of heavy leaning states to either camp.

    Only a couple of points are the normal leans for the independents and the ones in your post are way out of whack for that.

    What looks to have happened here is PPP applied a model for national registration ratios to get their poll number oriented to that scale and overloaded the dem picture for how it plays within the state.

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    One of the first things I do every morning after logging on is to check the Real Clear Politics polling page to read about the latest poll numbers that have been released, whether they be state polls or national. I rely more on state polls than natio…

  5. djs says:

    Today’s gallup poll has the same result.

  6. Aitch748 says:

    Then today’s “gallup poll” probably has the same kind of slanted sampling.

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  8. ivehadit says:

    Can we all say: orchestrated poll numbers to 1) suppress republican votes, and 2)cover up the cheating and malfeasance in voter poll stations?

    Remember, Kerry was ahead in the Gallup numbers as well. Do not be fooled.

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