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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-22-05 07:08 AM
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2. huh?
Your formula says that a 3-point error in Utah is impossible with 56% turnout rate because it would require 122% Bush voters among refusers?

Something has gone wrong here. As I understand your logic, you would have 798 responders and 627 refusers to get the 56% response rate, totalling 1425 attempted interviews. About 559 of the 798 UT responders were Bush voters (70.1%). 1039 of the 1425 attempts should be Bush voters (72.9%). So 480 of the 627 refusers should be Bush voters, which is 76.6%, not 122%. Somehow, your table is way too sensitive to small changes in response rate.

(Something else is wrong even before we start. A 3-point error in a 798-person sample can't be "impossible" even if there were 100% response rate, because there is sampling error.)
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