Tuesday, June 22, 2004

I wonder how much pollees try to to answer questions in ways that do not reflect poorly on them. A couple poll-specific issues are the percent who say they are following the POTUS race closely (80%) and the defintion of "registered voters".

With 50% registered voter turnout, how likely is it that 80% of pollees are following this race closely?

And with registered voters as those who profess to be, how likely is it that pollees know the great civic duty of US citizenship is the right to vote and therefore do not wnat to appear ungrateful by not being registered?

As a whole, this poll seems fatally flawed on methodological bases. This won't stop the media from drumming it into the collective conscious as if there were not serious questions about its validity.

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