AP - Another Skewed Poll- 'Americans Want Democrats in Power'

Why anyone ever bothers using an AP/Ipsos poll result to "prove" anything is beyond me. It has been well documented by multiple sources that this France based polling company habitually over samples Democrats in their polls and this particular poll is no different. Full Story »

Posted by David Fox
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Subjects: Politics
Topics: Midterm Elections, Midterm Elections 2006
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Posted by: Posted by David Fox - Jul 14, 2006 - 6:14 PM PDT
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David Fox
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by David Fox - Oct. 1, 2008

While I don't agree with this point of view, I'm impressed that the writer actually took the time to locate the original source of the poll data and noticed that Democrats were over sampled, 53% to Republicans, 41%. I don't know enough about interpreting polls, but this would seem like important information, which was omitted from most (all?) of the versions of the original AP story.

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Mike LaBonte
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by Mike LaBonte - Oct. 1, 2008

A flawed critique of the recent AP/Ipsos poll written by someone who doesn't understand that polls are adjusted to compensate for sample bias - "never mind".

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Mary Kirtz (Van Nortwick)
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by Mary Kirtz (Van Nortwick) - Oct. 1, 2008

This is clearly an "opinion" piece, not a news story in the journalistic sense. Its rhetoric is highly inflammatory, not neutral, and it engages in an "ad hominem" attack against the poll taker (that is, trash the messenger if you don't like the message.) It does not mention that polls normally take into account imbalanced representation when determining percentages. Others polls have an imbalance in the direction of Republicans, and they also follow a methodology that will balance the result.

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