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Hamlette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:41 AM
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Who's winning in Ohio? The polls are all over the place.
One has McCain up by 8 or 10 the other has Obama up by 8 or 10.

Taken within a day of each other.

I have my heart set on taking Ohio.

Any wisdom to offer?
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dsomuah Donating Member (262 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:44 AM
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1. Don't trust the polls yet. Assume we don't have OH yet
Let's keep working on Ohio. When we begin to see Obama with consistent leads outside of the margin of error, then we can assume we have Ohio. In the meantime we have work to do.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:45 AM
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2. Well, the poll that had Obama up was a PPP poll, which is a Democratic firm.
The poll that had McCain up was Rasmussen, which is not an in-house firm for either party. So, if I had to guess one way or the other, I'd say McCain may be up by a hair there right now, but that for all intents and purposes, the state is tied.

And while I certainly don't think we should toss Ohio aside, I should point out that McCain needs the state far more than Obama does. Check out the map at today's electoral-vote.com, which has all the most up-to-date polls in a state-by-state comparison. Right now, it has Obama winning by some 70 electoral votes and doing it without Ohio, Florida, Missouri or Virginia.
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:55 AM
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4. Sam Rasmussen is a Republican. He is a tool of the Right Wing and his polls
are often championed by Faux Noise for which he appears quite often.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:24 AM
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9. Rasmussen polling is not literally bought and paid for by the Republican Party.
PPP polling is bought and paid for by the Democrats. As for Scott Rasmussen, the dude's also frequently been on NPR. Does that mean NPR's a far-right source?

I recognize that Rasmussen's not the best polling, but I don't think it's because the company's CEO is a Republican. If anything, I'm wary of the company's use of automated phone messages in its polling instead of live operators. With no opportunity for clarification, I think Rasmussen's polls on complicated issues are of dubious quality. But on a simple yes-or-no question like "Who ya votin' for?" Rasmussen's been demonstrably accurate in the past. This particular poll seems a little bit unusual, as it shows a pretty large gap between this and the previous Rasmussen poll in June, which had McCain ahead by a single point, as did the month before that. A five-point jump in a month after two months of no change seems a little hairy.

But the point is, Ohio's essentially tied at this point.
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thewiseguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:32 AM
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11. Juan Williams is also on NPR
Just because Scott goes on NPR that does not mean he is not a RW pollster.

I have followed their polling for a while now. They serve talking points for the RW media. Go ahead and read the type of questions they ask in their polls.

Also look at their small sample sizes and the crosstabs.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:00 AM
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15. Sample size is certainly a worthy criticism:
The new Rasmussen polled 500 "likely voters" in Ohio, while the new PPP polled 1,058 "likely voters."
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Liberal_Stalwart71 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:42 AM
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12. I agree with that. And thanks for the correction. Problem is that Ras is biased
and it's usually against the Dems. But you're right: no time to become complacent. That's why I dislike the polls. We still have to work like crazy to get this man elected.
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thewiseguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:14 AM
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8. Rasmussen is a RW poll.
Scott is a frequent guest on the Hannity show and if you read over their questions you would just puke. :puke:

I trust PPP way more than I trust Rasmussen. Quinnipiac also had Obama up in Ohio.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:29 AM
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10. But the last Quinnipiac was a month ago.
That said, the same time that Quinnipiac showed Obama ahead by 6, the Rasmussen showed McCain ahead by 1.

As I said to the other poster who replied to my post, above, I think the gist is that Ohio is essentially tied, but take that within the context that McCain needs Ohio far more than Obama does, and it paints a fairly rosy picture.
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:47 AM
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14. PPP predicted Clinton-Obama almost perfectly in Ohio.
I'd go with PPP's estimate when it comes to the Buckeye State... they seem to know what they're doing there. And Rasmussen's Ohio Poll is looking like quite the outlier.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:11 AM
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19. Have you got any complaints about their methodology?
Rather than percieved biases?
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 12:57 PM
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20. Oh, definitely.
I've mentioned them elsewhere in this thread -- Rasmussen's use of robotic calls over live operators is one big example, and as thewiseguy mentioned and I agreed with, Rasmussen also often has much smaller sample sizes than other polling firms.

One point to make here, other than the fact that Ohio is probably about tied right now, is this: While polls this far out probably don't mean a whole lot, what does matter at this point is the aggregate trend of all the polls. And in the case of Ohio, the trend indisputably favors Obama. Just check out this graph:

http://www.pollster.com/polls/oh/08-oh-pres-ge-mvo.php
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:39 PM
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21. I meant problems with PPP's methodology.
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:52 PM
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22. Oh! Sorry, my bad.
As far as PPP, they do the same robo-polling as Rasmussen, which is problematic to me when trying to poll on complex issues, but not so much when looking at a simple horse race like a political campaign. I like their sample size in contrast with Rasmussen (more than 2 to 1 larger), but I do take issue with their Dem-to-GOP weighting. 46 percent of the PPP poll's sample were Democrats, and 33 percent were Republicans, with 21 percent not affiliated. While I don't have numbers in front of me (and they're kinda tough to Google because Ohio is one of the states that doesn't have party registration), that 13 percent gap between Democrats and Republicans is almost certainly not indicative of Ohio's actual demographic makeup, which skews the poll in favor of the Democrats.
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cbc5g Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 09:46 AM
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3. While that RAS poll concerns me, the national polls continue to show an Obama lead
And there's no way McCain is 10 points ahead in Ohio if Obama has a lead in the national polls.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:09 AM
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5. I just posted a discussion of this (cell phone effect) here:
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thewiseguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:12 AM
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6. Rasmussen is a RW poll. How many times do I have to say this?
Their polls serve a talking point for Sean Hannity and Faux news. :puke:
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:13 AM
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7. I hope that SOS Jennifer Brunner is cleaning up the mess that Kenneth Blackwell left behind
One of the biggest problems that Ohio had in 2004 was the lack of machines in urban voting areas. In fact, an article that RFK Jr. wrote for Rolling Stone magazine talked about how some Cleveland voting districts had the same or LESS voting machines than rural & suburbian voting machines.

We have to hope that Brunner will ensure that a fair distribution of machines will be made in order to prevent the lines formed in Cleveland that probably blocked many votes that would have gone to Kerry.
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Alter Ego Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 10:45 AM
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13. Bob Barr is winning, Ron Paul a close second.
THE TRUTH THE MEDIA WON'T TELL YOU
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:04 AM
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16. Assume They Are, Until We're 20 Points Ahead. It's OHIO
They have finally gotten rid of:


but the crooks are still in place in the counties! Nothing has changed there.

All the poll watchers we can send there can't do a damn thing about it,
when they can just call a "terra alert" and throw them all out!


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Bullet1987 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:05 AM
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17. Just because PPP is a Dem firm doesn't make it irrelevant
It has been very accurate so far.
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 11:07 AM
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18. If I had to wager, I'd say Obama has a small lead
:hi:
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