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Dog Days Remainders


Apologies for the light posting the last few days. My absence results from a combination of time spent focusing on the the pipes here at Pollster, two quick hits on MSNBC yesterday (I'll try to update in advance on those next time) and, frankly, the dog days of August that always seem to slow the pace here in DC. And to top if off today, jury duty!

So, with the help of my Treo and lunchtime Wi-Fi connection, here are a few click-worthy links:

  • Marc Ambinder posts a memo from John Edwards pollster Harrison Hickman arguing that Edwards "outperforms" other Democratic candidates, particularly Hillary Clinton in head-to-head general election match-ups both nationally and in "key battleground states."
  • Chris Bowers crunched some of the same numbers earlier this week and had a harder time finding "any clear evidence pointing to Hillary Clinton as less electable than Barack Obama and John Edwards."
  • Gary Langer weighs in on the "online ballots" conducted by ABCnews.com "for entertainment only." Bottom line: "these things can be, and often are, intentionally manipulated by groups or individuals with an interest in the outcome."
  • Kathy Frankovic sees some improvement in public "confidence in the government's ability to respond to natural disasters" two years after Hurricane Katrina, but "little change . . . in the public's view of the recovery effort in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast."
  • "Behind the Numbers" (The Washington Post's new polling blog) has the latest weekly update of the Post-ABC Consumer Comfort Index: "Stable, but far below average."
  • Frank Newport teases soon-to-be released Gallup numbers showing that football fans want Falcons quarterback Michael Vick banned from the NFL for life.

 

Comments
Mark:

The Chris Bowers link needs to be fixed.

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Andrew:

I don't think there has been a decrease in pollin g info here in the last few days. No need to apologize.

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