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Poll: Romney 49 - Obama 44

Dan_NV Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 10:04 AM
1. An entire industry, much of it motivated by both political agenda and a new class of people that either use them as a means to establish their bone fides as political analysts or as a tool to deliberately establish a desired outcome for this candidate or that issue. For them, polls are a means, not an end. 2. Those in media and political circles have substituted polls for people. The polls tell us this, the polls tell us that but we never really hear what real people actually think, just what polls tell us what they say they are thinking. What do they think we are, chopped liver? Evidently.
Dan_NV Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 10:04 AM
Personally, I think that a majority of mainstream Americans are fed up with watching Pols and pollsters decide events and outcomes based on polls they never participated in. It is like Election Day is just a formality, the polls tell you who to vote for and how to vote. Sorry, I don’t have a “poll” to substantiate my hypothesis but I think the people are going to poo-poo on the polls in about three weeks’ time.
Col Bat Guano Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 10:16 AM
Has anyone ever met anybody who's participated in a poll? I wonder who these pollsters are actually talking to sometimes. Can pollster's random phone calls only go to those NOT on the DoNotCall list? How do they get their sample?
MacQ - Texas Wrote: Oct 11, 2012 10:20 AM
COL: I think they can call people on DoNotCall lists.
However, your question is apt. I get at least 10 attempts per week by pollsters. I don't participate. I think Liberals are far more willing to participate.

Say hello to the IBD/TIPP tracking poll:

- Romney: 48.7 percent - Obama: 43.7 percent

- Romney’s lead widened to 5 points from 2 points...

- Romney’s edge among independents widened to 20 points from 18 just a day before.

- Obama’s lead among women narrowed from 10 points to 8 points.

- Romney also continues to make inroads among middle-class voters, moving from a 6-point lead to a 10-point lead.

- The current data include only polls taken after Romney’s resounding debate win over Obama on Oct. 3.