Skip to comments.Donít Believe Poll Propaganda (Don't believe GIGO polls)
Posted on 08/10/2012 5:45:20 PM PDT by Signalman
I was outraged today when I saw a Washington Post article headlined Three Polls Show Obama Widening Lead Over Romney. One was a poll from FOX News that showed Obama 9 points ahead. The others were surveys by CNN and Reuters showing a 7 point Obama lead. NOT TRUE!
Click Here to read the Washington Post article I am referring to.
The real numbers, of likely voters are found in the Rasmussen Polls which had Romney ahead by three yesterday and four today. Gallup, which surveys registered voters (as opposed to likely voters) has the race tied at 46-46.
There are several factors which explain the difference:
1. Obamas voters dont want to come out and vote for him. They are only lukewarm and are not people who always vote. Cynical and apathetic, they do not begin to approximate the intensity of the Romney voters or even of the 2008 Obama backers.
2. Black turnout is traditionally 11% of the total vote. In 2008, rose to 14%, providing Obama with more than half of his margin of victory. Current polls suggest a reversion to the pre-2008 turnout level, but polling firms that do not measure voter intention cant tell that and weight the black vote up to 12, 13, or even 14 percent, padding Obamas vote artificially.
3. Likewise with Latino vote which was 7% of the vote and grew to 8.5% in 2008. Their votes this time show signs of returning to historic norms
4. Polls of registered voters tend to weight up the Democratic respondents, according their opinions more weight in the poll. Thats because their data usually shows fewer Democrats in their sample than in national registration figures. But, in weighting for party, they obscure the fact that a great many registered Democrats have left the Party, particularly in the past few years, a finding that is obliterated by the weighting.
The fact is that Rasmussen and Gallup both showed drops for Romney about 4-5 days ago when negative coverage of his foreign trip (itself a sign of media bias) tended to dampen his ratings. But both have shown a recovery since. Rasmussen and Gallup poll every day. The other polls are conducted over a period of several days. So the Rasmussen and Gallup data are a few days fresher than the other polls and reflect Romneys recovery.
Fox Poll had 13% of Tea Party voting for Obama?
You sure I thought he had 17 pct of the tea partiers?
So if he’s so outraged he ought to quit his 6 figure Fox News job.
Dick Morris is not my favorite human being.
I agree with Dick Morris: this country DOES NOT WANT four more years of destruction. The MSM desperately wants to throw the results by making people think it’s in the bag for the Arrogant Usurper and Desecrator of the Sanctity of the WHITE house.
The reason he doesn't is that we have very little prior experience dealing with that problem statistically ~ usually you have MOUNTING POPULARITY of some sort, but in this election it's just not there.
Fur Shur Obama's a crook, and Fur Shur Romney has a really flat, lifeless sort of personality.
Who let these two into politics ~ I'd get that person and subject him to some waterboarding for a week or so ~ gad!
No one should get all caught up with the adults, registered voters, likely voters discussions at this time. Let's see what happens after the conventions when neither candidate gets a bump.
You do remember the surprise to the Democrats when LURCH didn't get a bump? They spent a lot of money and time on that production and got nothing!
You're going to see it again real soon. TWICE
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