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One Night Wonders

Topics: Gallup , John McCain , One night polls , Rasmussen , Sarah Palin , Vice-President

My first Convention Daily (National Journal) column of the week concerns the two one-night polls released on Saturday, by Gallup and Rasmussen Reports, that tested reactions to the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCain's running-mate.

 

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Independent:

Knowing that the wording and ordering of questions has a definite influence on the responses, one has to wonder if polls are being taken as much to shape public opinion as to gauge it. I find it baffling that pollsters haven't yet arrived at a set of agreed upon rules for formulating and ordering questions so that respondents are not led to specific or desired responses. I watched Frank Luntz "working" his focus group on CSPANtoday, and got an object lesson in how pollsters shape opinion.

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gregspolitics:

This stimulated the question - arent tracking polls a series of one-night wonders? and what does it mean that Rasmussen has 1000 likely voters each night-do they keep calling until they get that number and if it is automated how would you know when you got 1000 "likely" voters before analyzing anything?

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politicod:

Mike Allen is reporting in his newsletter that investigative reporter Brian Ross of ABC has found out something about Sarah Palin which will be big and negative, in addition to the constant drip, drip of bad news and questioning of McCain's judgment and his staff's professionalism.

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