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Quality Control Among the Polls: Will Protect Its Brand?

sward Wrote: Aug 03, 2012 8:36 AM
I predict the left leaning polls will keep Obama close if not ahead throughout the rest of the campaign period. After the election, if Obama has not won with illegal ballots, he will incorporate his legions of lawyers to contest his losses in his Obama friendly courts. The only way Romney can take the Presidency is with landslide victories which go further than the illegalities Obama can throw at the election. was begun in 2000 and in the 12 years that have followed, it has become the gold standard for aggregators of political stories, punditry and polling data.

Almost every newscast of note refers to the “RealClearPolitics average of polls,” which the commentariat has come to rely upon as a way of smoothing out the inevitable differences between polls and the various methodologies they represent.

With success comes a problem, however, and that is the old rule of “garbage in, garbage out.”

Should “RCP,” as it is known among those who rely upon it, do something...