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Friday, September 10, 2004

Republicans pout about polls

Here's a weird story coming out of the state Republican party. Apparently, they are mad at the Star Tribune because Republicans think it is biased against them. They are demanding that the Star Tribune fire its longtime pollster Rob Daves.

I admit that I really don't understand the point of this. Polls are polls. They are snapshots in time. They don't necessary reflect reality (that's why they have margins of error). Good candidates don't pay any attention to them; they campaign like their down five points until it's all over.

I don't understand why Republicans are focusing on this nonsense instead of actually getting out the vote and other things that real campaigns do. I guess it just might be some knee-jerk accusations of "liberal media bias." You gotta learn to control those, Ron.


At 1:23 PM, September 16, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason people are upset is because polls are (like it or not) tools of influence. More importantly, the persistant use of a discredited methodology demonstrates a bias by the Strib.


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