Charles Franklin | April 22, 2008
Topics: 2008 , Barack Obama , Hillary Clinton , Trend lines
Clinton has increased her lead in the trend estimates over the course of the last polls to 6.6 points using the standard estimator, and to 8.4 points using the sensitive estimate. Last minute polls have given her bigger margins.
Now the key question is whether undecideds push her over a 10 point win, or whether increases in turnout by new "unlikely" voters raises Obama's total.
Still a good bit of variation and some pollsters see a strong trend, others not so much.
Pollster variation doesn't make a lot of difference in our trend estimates.
But remember, since the polls don't allocate undecided, both they and the trend estimates are leaving some 8 percent of voters on the table. They will go somewhere, and if they break disproportionately for Clinton you have a "huge win", while if they go overwhelmingly for Obama you have a nail biter or a dramatic come-from-behind win. In previous primaries, the "winner" has usually enjoyed a significant increase in support beyond what the last polls showed.
Cross-posted at PoliticalArithmetik.com.