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Politico Poll: Romney Leads on Almost Every Issue, But...

AlfredRegius Wrote: Sep 26, 2012 8:20 AM
Folks, here's the best way to spot a charlatan: See if he (harshly or even smilingly) dismisses the evidence against his position. Seasoned researchers understand that there is always a likelihood of error in anyone's findings but that when all the findings are taken together, random errors tend to cancel each other out. Hence, the more evidence (pro and con) we take into account, the more likely our conclusions and/or results approximate the truth. Honesty in research, therefore, requires a willingness to embrace unwelcome news.

This is fascinating.  A new Politico/GWU national poll shows Barack Obama pulling ahead of Mitt Romney in the presidential race, seizing a three-point lead and hitting the 50 percent mark overall.  The results are within the margin of error and not markedly different from last month's numbers, but Team Obama is circulating the numbers as evidence that their man is creating some statistical daylight between himself and his challenger. But one of the pollsters who conducted the survey points to a number of unusual results lurking beneath the 50/47 "top-line" outcome:
 

Overall, Obama leads...