Polling: Garbage in, Garbage out

Polling analysis

Guys, I know I am beating this drum A LOT, but it is one that we need to hear. So I was pleased to see this on The Bird this morning:

Averaging of polls is rather like actuarial tables in that as long as the data is good, then the average more-or-less can be seen as accurate. So this year, when 538 uses fewer polls than before AND as we see the polls that they do use are commissioned campaign polls, the averages are suspect.

As we know, finding voters willing to respond to polls is difficult especially when you have a model on who you think will actually show up.  The polls from the last few election cycles were notoriously off and it seems so were the models of who would be actually voting.

Keep your eye on the early election returns via The American Election Project. These are actual numbers of people who actually have already voted. These are not models and not likely voters. I find it encouraging that in every state I am following, Women are out-performing men.

Keep up the good fight, we can make history this midterm, but all of us have to be in the game.

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5 Responses to Polling: Garbage in, Garbage out

  1. Oneofthebobs says:

    I’m not confident, but I am uncharacteristically optimistic. There is no reason to believe that we can’t win this.

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  2. Martin Pollard says:

    I’ve seen that image so many times over the years. It’s a photoshop, but a very good one. The large control panel is a full-size display of a US nuclear sub systems control station at the Smithsonian, circa 2000 (hence the wheel on the front). Some clever dick photoshopped a 50s-style television and a 70s-era IBM printer into it. The picture was created for a photoshop contest at Fark.com. Here’s an article about the guy in the picture (also photoshopped), along with a description of the picture itself:



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