I think we need a thread that can be used over and over again. Presidential race ahead....... We should have a thread that has a Liberal, a Conservative, and a Neutral poll of Presidential candidates. We can update the info every 3 - 8 days or whenever some event changes the standings.
I'm sure we will have more than a few threads going on about the upcoming election, but having a few main ones is a great idea.
TJ Wrote: Conserv: Fox ? others ?
The conservative polling sites I like to keep up to date with are Fox News, Rasmussen, Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc., and many many more, but I won't bore you.
I will admit that Fox News was pretty spot on about the 2012 election. Their network contributors didn't know how to handle it, but their polling was pretty spot on in suggesting that Obama was going to win reelection.
TJ Wrote: Liberal: Huffington Post, who else is suggested ?
Huffington Post doesn't actually conduct their own polls. They team up with YouGuv on some polls, but they don't have a full blown polling operation. And YouGuv actually skews to the right a little bit, so it's an odd marriage they have.
There really aren't a lot of well known liberal based polling operations, but I'm ok with that because polling shouldn't be a political thing.
TJ Wrote: Neutral: CNN ? Washington Post ? Others ?
The main ones are always the best, but even they have their issues. A poll is only as good as the questions that are asked. It's also only as good as the sample size and what the venues they conducted the poll in.
A poll that is exclusively conducted by landline telephones can pretty much guarantee an extremely skewed sample because the vast majority of individuals under 30 don't own a landline telephone. The same can be said for a poll that was conducted exclusively online. We're not going to get a good sample of senior citizens or anyone else who doesn't own a computer.
With that said, I'd encourage you or anyone who wants fairly decent polling to go to:
CNN/Opinion Research Corp.
ABC News/Washington Post
I'm not a huge fan of Gallup because they have been so wrong on so many topics, but I guess they are better than right leaning polling that is only asking questions in a way that they will get a certain answer from the people they poll.