Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Worthless Polls

We at the Cooler are considering a policy of only posting on polls that are interesting for some specific reason, because if we have to keep posting everytime a new poll comes out, this place is going to be snoozeville. With that said, here are two polls to chew on.

Giuliani leads a poll of likely Iowa Caucus goers as done by Mr. Steve Grubbs. Rudy with 30%, McCain 2nd with 17% everybody else not registering much. Seriously if we have to post any more polls that have Rudy, McCain or Condi in the lead and everyone else at 3%- with maybe a Newt wildcard- we're going to die of boredum. It's all name ID. The only thing this shows you is that Rudy will a contender if he jumps in.

George Allen's lead is down to three in the Virginia Senate race. Everybody say hello to Senator Macaca over in Richmond. (Editors note: Trust a SurveyUSA poll at your own risk)

UPDATE: State 29's take on the poll is the only entertaining thing about it.

"Remember, Iowa is the state where Pat Robertson got nearly 25% in 1988. Pat Buchanan got over 23% in 1996. And both Alan Keyes and Gary Bauer received 14% each in 2000. Without a poll showing 25% to 30% of Iowa Republicans going for some religious nut or fringe wacko, I consider it null and void."

Don't be offended SoCo's, the Cooler is one of you, but if you can't laugh at yourself...


Blogger murphy said...

Can Allen not get a grip on his campaign? Why has he not managed the fallout of this dumb macaca thing better?

I thought he was dumb with that blunder last week. If he can't atleast win his senate seat against a one-issue-democrat and his posse of college sophomore videographers, that's just sad.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Why did Grubbsy leave off the Newt question? He's clearly here and doing as much as anyone else.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Great point BR. We fell asleep after seeing Frist at 6% so we didn't even make it to the end of the poll.

8:40 AM  
Blogger SurveyUSA said...

An independent analysis by the National Council on Public Polls, just released, found SurveyUSA outperformed all but one traditional pollster in the 2004 presidential election.

An independent analysis completed in November 2004 found that SurveyUSA outperformed all other pollsters in 2004.

SurveyUSA’s own analysis found that SurveyUSA outperformed all other pollsters in 2004, by any measure. (caution: large Excel file, takes time to open)

SurveyUSA, the nation’s most active election pollster, is the only opinion pollster to publish an exhaustive compendium of all election contests it has ever polled, compared to all other pollsters.

11:08 AM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

Survey USA-

Your company uses auto dials and voluntary participation, thus you break the basic rules of accurate statistics. Thanks though for giving us two busted links to independent surveys and then citing Survey USA in one big self-congratulation.

11:54 AM  
Blogger SurveyUSA said...

I apologize for the two broken links.

The second link should have gone here; the third should have gone here.

SurveyUSA's methodology is explained here. Your statements are incorrect.

12:06 PM  
Blogger Caucus Cooler said...

At work, we're going to do some reading on Survey USA tonight and determine whether or not our criticism holds water.

4:19 PM  

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