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US: National Survey (Economist 1/16-19)

Topics: poll

Economist / YouGov
1/16-19/10; 1,000 adults, 3.6% margin of error
Mode: Internet
(Economist release)

National

Obama Job Approval
46% Approve, 47% Disapprove (chart)
Dems: 78 / 17 (chart)
Reps: 10 / 89 (chart)
Inds: 39 / 56 (chart)
Economy: 40 / 54 (chart)
Health Care: 41 / 53 (chart)
Haiti: 68 / 14

Congressional Job Approval
14% Approve, 61% Disapprove (chart)

2010 Congress: Generic Ballot
44% Democrat, 37% Republican (chart)

State of the Country
34% Right Direction, 52% Wrong Track (chart)

Overall, given what you know about them, do you support or oppose the proposed changes to the health care system being developed by Congress and the Obama Administration?
44% Support, 56% Oppose (chart)

 

Comments
Field Marshal:

This matches most recent surveys.

Can someone explain how they conduct internet polls? How are the respondents chosen?

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Emily Swanson:

Field Marshal:

In most internet polls, respondents "opt-in" to be part of a panel of survey takers, so they're different from other surveys in that most telephone surveys rely on some sort of random sampling. To make up for this, internet surveys are weighted for a variety of demographic variables. Mark wrote a couple of columns on this subject back in October:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/mp_20091016_9342.php
http://www.nationaljournal.com/njonline/mp_20091009_2382.php

Further reading here:

http://www.pollster.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.fcgi?tag=Internet%20Polls&blog_id=2

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