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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-17-07 09:36 AM
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44. Here, I don't know (or think) the polling was skewed
It was just that the commentary they wrote was not really supported by the data.

I also think that the way that they get results that seem skewed is mostly by biasing the questions and including only the results that back their desired point of view.

An example of this in NJ is that today, there is a second poll saying that people think Senator Lautenberg is too old to run. The poll that said this a month or two ago, also showed that if you went to the detailked results that when matched against Generic Republican or any actual Republicans - he won easily.

So, who is helped by this - most likely the Republicans. I saw Lautenberg at a Democratic event in 2006 in support of Menendez. He was extremely good connecting with the crowd. Someone in the group mentioned that their family, like his, came from Patterson. The Senator then spoke of how growing up in Patterson, the son of a man who worked in Patterson's silk mills, made his see some issues very clearly. He spoke of how his dad spoke of the air in those mills and how bad it was for the workers and how he wanted his son to go to college to avoid that.

Here, the question, which includes Lautenberg's age, likes puts all the people who would really be "I don't even know who my Seantor's are" into "83 is very old" responses against him. In addition, any conservative Democrat might also answer that way, plus all the Republicans.

Polls of this type bother me because they are inherently dishonest. They ask do you want (this real human) or anybody else eligible. To then interpret the results as that person having only that level of support is ridiculous.
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