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CNN poll a product of “utter fantasy”

This is a great takedown of that CNN poll from yesterday that is wildly different from other recent polls.  In the CNN poll, Obama leads Romney 52%-43%.  In polls from two and three days before, Romney leads Obama in both, albeit within the margin of error.

Why am I talking about polls at this stage of the game?  Simple: media malpractice.  Excerpt of the takedown:

…That might not be the biggest problem with the poll, though. Its biggest problem is … math. Reader Raymond O did some math and asked a rather interesting set of questions in an e-mail last night about how CNN did theirs. First, let’s start with the topline results, as reported by CNN: Obama 52%, Romney 43% among registered voters, 53/41 among all respondents. If that’s the case, then the number of respondents in the latter case voting for Obama should be 538, and the number supporting Romney 416.

However, when reading the questions on page 3 of the poll report, that’s not at all what we see:

BASED ON 484 RESPONDENTS WHO PLAN TO VOTE FOR OBAMA — SAMPLING ERROR: +/- 4.5 PERCENTAGE PTS.
3. (Asked of Obama voters) Is that more a vote FOR Barack Obama or more a vote AGAINST Mitt
Romney? …

BASED ON 476 RESPONDENTS WHO PLAN TO VOTE FOR ROMNEY — SAMPLING ERROR: +/- 4.5 PERCENTAGE PTS.
4. (Asked of Romney voters) Is that more a vote FOR Mitt Romney or more a vote AGAINST Barack
Obama?

Since the combined total of the two exceeds their count of registered voters in the survey (910), we have to assume this refers to the general-population response. That’s wildly different than the 53/41 split that CNN reports from the poll. In fact, it’s only a 48/47 split for Obama. And given that the poll shows a slightly better result for Romney among registered voters, it’s not difficult to conclude that Romney probably led in that category before CNN’s pollster shifted the results around to this extent.

Read the whole thing…it is fascinating to what lengths CNN is going in order to get their boy re-elected.  They refuse to offer the breakdown of respondents the way every other poll does, with number of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents polled.  The comPost and other fishwraps almost always oversample Democrats by double digits over Republicans for their polls, but at least they show their weighted unrealistic numbers.  CNN isn’t going to bother with that.  Plus…they’re even ignoring basic rules of math now!

Nope…no liberal media bias!

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April 17, 2012 - Posted by | CNN, media bias, Obama, polls, Romney

2 Comments »

  1. Polls have often been used to mislead. I most enjoyed a British program “Yes, Prime Minister”, The personal sectretary Humphries knew how to get his way. Check out about 20:50 into episode 2 of season 1. http://www.veoh.com/watch/v210396072wyHD7Ch?h1=Yes+Prime+Minister+1.2+-The+Ministerial+Broadcast

    Comment by Vince | April 17, 2012

  2. I just conducted a poll that showed 97.324% of those polled want Obama to quit right now. Huh?
    Why, NO, I will NOT tell you who was polled, but thank you for asking.

    Comment by Kevin | April 18, 2012


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