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Lies, Darned Lies, and Polls

Leb2 Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 10:37 AM
Way too many pools now, seems they are set up to make a voter stay home and not vote, this poll says, so why should I vote, my person is 6 points down, they can not win, so why vote? It to me is another way we are told what others want us to be told. We are already picking the least of two evils, we did not pick the two running, the elite, the so called machine did, we just sit back and take what they give us, when will the citizen stand up and say no more, we demand better?
BK24 Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 10:57 AM
No one can force us to take them seriously. No one can force us to pay them any mind at all. It's like television - if there's nothing good on, turn it off. As long as we're still a capitalist society, that's the best way the citizen can stand up and say no more, we demand better.

How accurate are the polls? Is there one gold standard out there? Are they all biased and skewed tools of partisan media?

For my money, the most reliable polling data is the Real Clear Politics polling average.

In 2008, the final Real Clear Politics polling average predicted Barack Obama to defeat John McCain by 7.6 points. Obama won by 7.3 points. In 2004, the final Real Clear Politics polling average predicted George W. Bush to defeat John Kerry by 1.5 points. Bush won the election by 1.5 points.

That’s called nailing it.

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