Polls Columns on Townhall

  • 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.
  • David Limbaugh - Will Obama's Personal Popularity Save Him From His Record?

    Will Obama's Personal Popularity Save Him From His Record?

    David Limbaugh
    Posted: 6/8/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    On my book "tour" to promote my new book, "The Great Destroyer," hosts keep asking me to explain how President Obama can maintain high personal approval ratings when his policies are unpopular and his record is abysmal.
  • Hugh Hewitt - Obama's Deepening Hole

    Obama's Deepening Hole

    Hugh Hewitt
    Posted: 6/8/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    A raft of new polls underscore the political free fall Barack Obama finds himself in.
  • Matt Towery - Elite Media Distorts Wisconsin Exit Polls and Results

    Elite Media Distorts Wisconsin Exit Polls and Results

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 6/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    They are at it again. Following what can only be described as a butt-kicking win for Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election, many media pundits were trying to "split the baby" by acknowledging Walker's win, but pointing to exit polls that show President Obama with a seven-point lead against Mitt Romney in that state.
  • Matt Towery - Elite Media Distorts Wisconsin Exit Polls and Results

    Elite Media Distorts Wisconsin Exit Polls and Results

    Matt Towery
    Posted: 6/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    They are at it again. Following what can only be described as a butt-kicking win for Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election, many media pundits were trying to "split the baby" by acknowledging Walker's win, but pointing to exit polls that show President Obama with a seven-point lead against Mitt Romney in that state.
  • Rebecca Hagelin - The ‘Gay Marriage’ Spin

    The ‘Gay Marriage’ Spin

    Rebecca Hagelin
    Posted: 5/25/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Culture Challenge of the Week: Poll-Driven ‘Principles’
  • Michael Barone - Recent News Could Cause Panic for Obama Campaign

    Recent News Could Cause Panic for Obama Campaign

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 5/17/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Is it panic time at Obama headquarters in Chicago? You might get that impression from watching events -- and the polls -- over the past few weeks.
  • Scott Rasmussen - Obama and Romney at the Starting Gate

    Obama and Romney at the Starting Gate

    Scott Rasmussen
    Posted: 4/13/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Any doubt that Mitt Romney would win the Republican presidential nomination vanished when Rick Santorum left the race. It also marked the end of Romney's time as the defining figure in the overall contest for the White House.
  • Michael Barone - Romney Trails Obama, but Key Numbers Break His Way

    Romney Trails Obama, but Key Numbers Break His Way

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 4/12/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Now that Rick Santorum has "suspended" his campaign, we can stop pretending and can say what has been clear for weeks: Mitt Romney will be the Republican nominee for president. The general election campaign has begun.
  • Scott Rasmussen - And They Wonder Why Voters Are Angry

    And They Wonder Why Voters Are Angry

    Scott Rasmussen
    Posted: 4/6/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    As Mitt Romney assumes the role of presumptive Republican nominee, polls suggest a competitive general election matchup between the former Massachusetts governor and President Obama. Typically, both candidates poll in the mid-40s, while 10 to 12 percent remain uncommitted to either side.
  • Michael Barone - Pundits Gasp as Economy Dents Obama's Poll Numbers

    Pundits Gasp as Economy Dents Obama's Poll Numbers

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 3/15/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    You can almost hear the note of surprise in their voices when you read the Washington Post and New York Times reporters' stories on their papers' latest political polls.
  • Michael Barone - Romney May Recapture Upscale Whites for the GOP

    Romney May Recapture Upscale Whites for the GOP

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 3/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    In the cold, gray numbers of election returns and exit poll percentages, a reader with some imagination can find clues to people's deep feelings, their hopes and fears, their self-images and moral values.
  • Paul Greenberg - God in the Media

    God in the Media

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 2/13/2012 12:25:00 PM EST
    It was only a matter of time in this Age of the Poll that some mastermind at a political headquarters would decide to ask the almighty American public to pass judgment on God along with more temporal rulers.
  • Rich Galen - Polls

    Polls

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 1/30/2012 11:57:00 AM EST
    The polls in South Carolina and Florida have been the statistical equivalent of a zero-gravity flight: Sharp climbs followed by steep dives.
  • Mark Calabria - Unconstitutional Recess Appointments Haven’t Helped Obama in the Polls

    Unconstitutional Recess Appointments Haven’t Helped Obama in the Polls

    Mark Calabria
    Posted: 1/21/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    On January 3th, the day before the appointments, Obama’s job approval ratings, according to RealClearPolitics, averaged 47.2 approval and 47.8 disapproval. Basically a tie. Today, his job approval is at 44.5 and disapproval is 50.3. Moving over the course of a week from a tie to a spread of almost 6 percentage points.
  • Mark Calabria - Unconstitutional Recess Appointments Haven’t Helped Obama in the Polls

    Unconstitutional Recess Appointments Haven’t Helped Obama in the Polls

    Mark Calabria
    Posted: 1/21/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    On January 3th, the day before the appointments, Obama’s job approval ratings, according to RealClearPolitics, averaged 47.2 approval and 47.8 disapproval. Basically a tie. Today, his job approval is at 44.5 and disapproval is 50.3. Moving over the course of a week from a tie to a spread of almost 6 percentage points.