Polls

Pernicious Polling by Gallup

How to Make Enemies by Polling

I don’t like to pick on pollsters.  It is a kind of cottage industry during election years, but I believe that Gallup has stepped way over the line with its polling on “What country anywhere in the world do you consider to be the United States' greatest enemy today?”  Election polling at least concerns a defined choice that American have to make—namely who to vote for. Even polling on policies reflects a discussion that is occurring in the country. But this poll imposes a framework of allies vs.

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CBS News released a devastating poll on Wednesday: “President Obama's job approval rating has plunged to the lowest of his presidency… and Americans' approval of the Affordable Care Act has dropped to its lowest since CBS News started polling on the law.” Other polls have been equally dismal.

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How To Read PPP's Polls

I’ve written at length about PPP’s troubling methodological choices. The firm failed to disclose important methodological decisions, offered inconsistent or baffling explanations, and continues to employ an unscientific and inconsistent approach. Altogether, it’s difficult to distinguish PPP’s polling from weighting toward an intended result. Now the question is: “how should we use PPP going forward?”It’s a tough question.

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Angelina Jolie tops a poll about the most effective celebrities-turned-advocates.

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That was fast: Polls now show the Democrats doing just the same as before the shutdown

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On Saturday, thousands gathered in front of the Capitol Building for the celebrity-endorsed Stop Watching Us rally.

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Marijuana is America's Next Political Wedge Issue

Pot politics, in 2016 and beyond

Public opinion about legal pot has changed dramatically. Politicians are about to start catching up—and picking fights about it.

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President Obama’s Rose Garden speech Monday was supposed to send two messages—one, that he is determined to fix Obamacare’s troubled federal websites and, two, that the law is already helping many people get insurance. I happen to believe both claims, but I doubt the event convinced anybody with doubts.

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Was the Old American Center apathetic, intractable, and very fake?

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Just because the Republican numbers are in the tank doesn't mean they can't bounce back soon. It happened in 1999 too.

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