Polls Columns on Townhall

  • Matt Towery - Romney Revival May Be Lifting All GOP Boats

    Romney Revival May Be Lifting All GOP Boats

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 10/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    It may be temporary and fleeting, but for the moment, the amazing performance of Gov. Mitt Romney and the complete flop of President Barack Obama in the first presidential debate has either propelled Romney to frontrunner status or at least made him competitive in critical swing states -- and it also appears to be improving the chances of other Republican candidates around the nation.
  • Ben Shapiro - The Real Barack Obama

    The Real Barack Obama

    Ben Shapiro
    Posted: 10/4/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    A recent poll shows that 85 percent of middle-class Americans believe they're worse off now than they were 10 years ago. Yet shockingly, just 34 percent of those people blame Barack Obama.
  • Rich Galen - Czech the Poles

    Czech the Poles

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 10/3/2012 9:24:00 AM EST
    With most of Official Washington on nitroglycerin tablets awaiting tonight's D*E*B*A*T*E between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Denver, there are other things going on.
  • Robert Knight - Ignore the ‘Tokyo Rose’ Media

    Ignore the ‘Tokyo Rose’ Media

    Robert Knight
    Posted: 10/2/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    During World War II, American soldiers in the Pacific listened to Radio Tokyo and other English-language programs on Japanese-run stations.
  • Laura Hollis - Are Polls Showing How You’ll Vote?  Or How You Think Others Will?

    Are Polls Showing How You’ll Vote? Or How You Think Others Will?

    Laura Hollis
    Posted: 10/2/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    One of the things which makes the media’s bias in favor of President Obama so influential is the natural human tendency to want to belong, and the fear being out of the mainstream.
  • Laura Hollis - Are Polls Showing How You’ll Vote?  Or How You Think Others Will?

    Are Polls Showing How You’ll Vote? Or How You Think Others Will?

    Laura Hollis
    Posted: 10/2/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    One of the things which makes the media’s bias in favor of President Obama so influential is the natural human tendency to want to belong, and the fear being out of the mainstream.
  • Michael Barone - The Particulars of Polls

    The Particulars of Polls

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 10/1/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    As a recovering pollster (I worked for Democratic pollster Peter Hart from 1974 to 1981), let me weigh in on the controversy over whether the polls are accurate. Many conservatives are claiming that multiple polls have overly Democratic samples, and some charge that media pollsters are trying to discourage Republican voters.
  • Michael Barone - The Particulars of Polls

    The Particulars of Polls

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 10/1/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    As a recovering pollster (I worked for Democratic pollster Peter Hart from 1974 to 1981), let me weigh in on the controversy over whether the polls are accurate. Many conservatives are claiming that multiple polls have overly Democratic samples, and some charge that media pollsters are trying to discourage Republican voters.
  • John Giokaris - Presidential Polls 2012: Skewed Polling and Biased Media Coverage Give Obama False Advantage Over Romney

    Presidential Polls 2012: Skewed Polling and Biased Media Coverage Give Obama False Advantage Over Romney

    John Giokaris
    Posted: 9/26/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    From its double standard on how the mainstream media has covered both campaigns, to the 2008-Democrat heavy polling models they use, to the lack of investigative reporting on the scandals associated with this administration, it has become blatantly evident that the mainstream media harbors a liberal bias, commits endless hypocrisies and will not hold this president up to the same standards it has for previous presidents.
  • John Giokaris - Presidential Polls 2012: Skewed Polling and Biased Media Coverage Give Obama False Advantage Over Romney

    Presidential Polls 2012: Skewed Polling and Biased Media Coverage Give Obama False Advantage Over Romney

    John Giokaris
    Posted: 9/26/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    From its double standard on how the mainstream media has covered both campaigns, to the 2008-Democrat heavy polling models they use, to the lack of investigative reporting on the scandals associated with this administration, it has become blatantly evident that the mainstream media harbors a liberal bias, commits endless hypocrisies and will not hold this president up to the same standards it has for previous presidents.
  • Jesse Merkel - Obama vs Romney Polls: When You Crunch the Numbers, Romney is Actually Doing Very Well

    Obama vs Romney Polls: When You Crunch the Numbers, Romney is Actually Doing Very Well

    Jesse Merkel
    Posted: 9/25/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Two things typically happen after the major parties conventions come to an end. People that normally do not pay attention for most of the year start to pay attention to the news and polls more, and voter enthusiasm jumps up as a result. The major polls that are appearing on the daily newscasts, in the newspapers and on the internet have become incredibly important. While meant to accurately reflect the views of the nation, these polls today have unfortunately turned into a weapon.
  • Emmett Tyrrell - The Problem with Obama's Polls

    The Problem with Obama's Polls

    Emmett Tyrrell
    Posted: 9/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Nuts. The Democratic National Convention is over. Watching Bill Clinton, Jean-Fran‡ois Kerry, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and all the other preposterosities -- not least being the widely under-depreciated Sandra Fluck -- I fell under a spell. I thought the convention would go on forever. There would be no need for horror movies, action movies, X-Treme sports, cockfights or soap operas. I could enjoy them all in the comfort of my own home -- all provided by the Democratic National Committee, safely watched over by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and probably select units of the North Carolina National Guard.
  • Emmett Tyrrell - The Problem with Obama's Polls

    The Problem with Obama's Polls

    Emmett Tyrrell
    Posted: 9/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Nuts. The Democratic National Convention is over. Watching Bill Clinton, Jean-Fran‡ois Kerry, Joe Biden, Barack Obama and all the other preposterosities -- not least being the widely under-depreciated Sandra Fluck -- I fell under a spell. I thought the convention would go on forever. There would be no need for horror movies, action movies, X-Treme sports, cockfights or soap operas. I could enjoy them all in the comfort of my own home -- all provided by the Democratic National Committee, safely watched over by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and probably select units of the North Carolina National Guard.
  • Matt Towery - Does Mitt Romney Really Understand That Florida Is up for Grabs?

    Does Mitt Romney Really Understand That Florida Is up for Grabs?

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 9/6/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    As readers know, this syndicated column is based out of the Republican-rich "First Coast" of Florida and Jacksonville's Florida Times-Union. Since 2000, I have been polling and analyzing Florida races for broadcast names such as Fox News' Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity, as well as CNN and a host of others. We polled Florida for Politico in 2008 and correctly showed Barack Obama winning by 1 percentage point.
  • Scott Rasmussen - Declining Views of the Economy Put Obama's Re-election at Risk

    Declining Views of the Economy Put Obama's Re-election at Risk

    Scott Rasmussen
    Posted: 7/27/2012 8:59:00 AM EST
    Consumer confidence fell to the lowest levels of 2012 this past week. Most Americans believe that both the economy and their own personal finances are getting worse. Just 25 percent believe the economy is getting better, and only 22 percent say the same about their personal finances.
  • Matt Towery - Pollsters May Have Fatal Flaw in Obama Romney Numbers

    Pollsters May Have Fatal Flaw in Obama Romney Numbers

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 7/26/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    As one who polled the 2008 presidential race extensively, it dawned on me, looking at the various "swing state" surveys taken recently, that many pollsters might be making a significant error that results in President Barack Obama with a lead, when perhaps the lead in reality belongs to Mitt Romney.
  • Larry Elder - Stop Whining About 'Racist' Voter ID -- and Get Granny to the Polls

    Stop Whining About 'Racist' Voter ID -- and Get Granny to the Polls

    Larry Elder
    Posted: 7/19/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Photo voter ID laws, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, are a "poll tax." "Many of those without IDs," Holder recently told the NAACP, "would have to travel great distances to get them -- and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them."
  • Larry Elder - Stop Whining About 'Racist' Voter ID -- and Get Granny to the Polls

    Stop Whining About 'Racist' Voter ID -- and Get Granny to the Polls

    Larry Elder
    Posted: 7/19/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Photo voter ID laws, according to Attorney General Eric Holder, are a "poll tax." "Many of those without IDs," Holder recently told the NAACP, "would have to travel great distances to get them -- and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them."
  • Rich Galen - Bad News is No News

    Bad News is No News

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 7/11/2012 7:30:00 AM EST
    Last Friday's top-line unemployment figures - showing only 80,000 jobs were created during the month and the unemployment rate remaining unchanged at 8.2 percent - was far worse than anyone in the Obama campaign or in the political shop at the White House could have expected.
  • Matt Towery - Independent Voters Giving up on Obama ... Thank You, Mr. President

    Independent Voters Giving up on Obama ... Thank You, Mr. President

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 6/15/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    They were the cornerstone of his 2008 election, independent voters who wanted "change" they could believe in. But of independent voters, according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, only 38 percent have a favorable view of President Obama's economic plans. A strong majority of 54 percent disapproves of Obama's handling of the economy.