Skip to comments.Numbers overload: Polling data hype sways voters
Posted on 10/10/2012 5:14:33 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
Washington (CNN) -- Treating presidential polls as gospel is a little like placing political faith in the lifespan of a fruit fly.
"People tend to subscribe a more durable nature to polling data," said Russ Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. "It's more ephemeral."
That's because polls, as those who conduct them stress, are simply snapshots.
For example, two national polls released Monday suggested Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney got a big bounce from last week's first presidential debate -- viewed across the political spectrum as a victory for him.
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Rush was talking about this yesterday. The polls will get more accurate as the election nears, just so the pollsters can keep their creditability.
I wonder what the national polls would look like if they took out California (+24 for the moron)?
Wondering why they didn’t float this meme a week ago. ?
Hmmm....hmmmm....let me think on that for a while. There’s surely a good reason.
The purpose of the polls is to push the bandwagon effect. People want to “vote for the winner”...
I even knew a guy that voted for Clinton because he thought he “was supposed to vote for whom he thought would win”.
Sometimes the truth hurts.
Probably the same as if they took out Texas for Romney.
I usually follow RCP and I have found them to be pretty goo in the past, but it is curious how states move from “strong obama” and “leans obama” to the center, but they never completely move from center to “toss” to “leans romney” or “leans romney” to “strong romney”. NC is still a toss-up Puh-leeze.