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Why Polls on Obama and Ukraine don't agree
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Why Polls on Obama and Ukraine don't agree
By: David W. Moore
March 14, 2014 10:35 AM EST
In the past week, several polls purporting to measure the public’s reaction to Barack Obama’s performance as president, and the public’s attention to the news about the Ukraine, have come to, shall we say, disparate conclusions. A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll announces...
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Polls Show Low Obama Approval Ratings - But Is He Really Unpopular?
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Polls Show Low Obama Approval Ratings - But Is He Really Unpopular?
By: David W. Moore
March 07, 2014 07:00 AM EST
According to several polls, President Obama’s approval rating since the beginning of this year has been under water – with more people disapproving than approving of the president’s performance by margins of -1 to -14 percentage points. Given this...
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Poll: Do GOP Voters really want Arizona Gov. Brewer to veto anti-gay bill?
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Poll: Do GOP Voters really want Arizona Gov. Brewer to veto anti-gay bill?
By: David W. Moore
February 26, 2014 04:06 PM EST
The Arizona Capitol Times reported yesterday that a statewide poll of Republican voters found a two-to-one margin in favor of Governor Jan Brewer vetoing SB1062. However, a closer examination of both the poll, and the circumstances surrounding the poll, suggest the pollster manufactured a...
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Pew's Misleading Trans Fat Poll: David Moore responds to Pew Director
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Pew's Misleading Trans Fat Poll: David Moore responds to Pew Director
By: David W. Moore
November 15, 2013 12:45 PM EST
[UPDATED: Pew Responds] How The News Hour Got Duped by Sloppy Pew Poll on Trans Fats
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[UPDATED: Pew Responds] How The News Hour Got Duped by Sloppy Pew Poll on Trans Fats
By: David W. Moore
November 12, 2013 09:00 AM EST
On PBS's News Hour last Thursday, Judy Woodruff interviewed Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control, about the government’s efforts to rid artificial trans fats from the country’s food system. From the tone of the questions, it was clear the program...
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Fox News Poll Question: Obamacare Rollout - 'Fine,' 'A Joke'... Or Something Else?
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Fox News Poll Question: Obamacare Rollout - 'Fine,' 'A Joke'... Or Something Else?
By: David W. Moore
November 06, 2013 08:00 AM EST
There are very few people who, paying even a smidgeon of attention to the news, could conscionably characterize the rollout of Obamacare as “fine.” The national Affordable Care Act website has been plagued with problems that even President Obama and Democratic leaders in both the...
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Misreading the Polls on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare
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Misreading the Polls on the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare
By: David W. Moore
October 31, 2013 01:00 PM EST
Two Polls That Ended the Shutdown and May Prevent Another
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Two Polls That Ended the Shutdown and May Prevent Another
By: David W. Moore
October 22, 2013 05:00 PM EST
In the wake of the federal government shutdown, it was clear to most pundits and political leaders that the Republican Party’s “brand” was tarnished, with the Speaker of the House admitting defeat, and with other Republican leaders criticizing their own party for causing...
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Republicans Getting More Blame for Shutdown Than Democrats - But Not By Much
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Republicans Getting More Blame for Shutdown Than Democrats - But Not By Much
By: David W. Moore
October 08, 2013 11:15 AM EST
Two new polls suggest Republicans are more likely than President Obama and the Democrats to be blamed by the American people for the government shutdown. But the difference seems relatively modest, as increasing numbers of people are blaming both parties. A new Pew poll shows Republicans...
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Who Will Americans Blame for Government Shutdown? What the Polls Say...
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Who Will Americans Blame for Government Shutdown? What the Polls Say...
By: David W. Moore
October 02, 2013 06:07 PM EST
As of this posting, no polls have yet reported who Americans blame more for the government shutdown that began Tuesday morning. But three polls attempted to predict what the public’s reaction would be. A CNN/ORC poll, conducted right before the Tuesday morning shutdown, revealed that...
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The Curious Case of a Democratic-Leaning Pollster Admitting It Withheld Poll Results That Favored a Republican
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The Curious Case of a Democratic-Leaning Pollster Admitting It Withheld Poll Results That Favored a Republican
By: David W. Moore
September 18, 2013 06:00 AM EST
Last week, Public Policy Polling revealed it had conducted a poll in Colorado Senate District 3 prior to the recall election on Sept. 10, but had not released the results before the election. Now, post-election, PPP was claiming that their results were surprisingly accurate, showing Democrat...
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7 Polls Show Slim Opening for Obama to Make Case for Air Strikes Against Syria
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7 Polls Show Slim Opening for Obama to Make Case for Air Strikes Against Syria
By: David W. Moore
September 10, 2013 10:31 AM EST
Seven polls were published on Monday, Sept. 9 about the proposed air strikes against Syria. The polls were sponsored by Pew/USA Today, CNN/ORC, ABC/Washington Post, Associated Press, Gallup, Reuters/Ipsos, and McClatchy/Marist. The results suggest a public that is overwhelmingly opposed to...
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Do Americans want U.S. Intervention in Syria? What the Polls Really Mean
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Do Americans want U.S. Intervention in Syria? What the Polls Really Mean
By: David W. Moore
August 31, 2013 05:00 AM EST
With the Obama administration contemplating an air strike against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons, several news stories have suggested the American public would be against such action. But, as usual, the polls that underlie these conclusions are highly misleading. The truth is the...
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Democratic Pollster Discovers Ignorant Republicans who think Katrina is Obama's Fault
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Democratic Pollster Discovers Ignorant Republicans who think Katrina is Obama's Fault
By: David W. Moore
August 22, 2013 06:30 PM EST
Talking Points Memo (TPM) recently reported on a new poll by a Democratic pollster suggesting most Louisiana Republicans are either stupid or ignorant. It’s a deceptive poll, showing that pollsters can at any time make the public look ridiculous. But in this case, it’s the polling...
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Is Dear Abby Right - Pollsters Are Obnoxious?
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Is Dear Abby Right - Pollsters Are Obnoxious?
By: David W. Moore
August 16, 2013 09:00 AM EST
A recent “Dear Abby” column caused a minor stir among some members of AAPOR (American Association for Public Opinion Research), when it expressed little sympathy for a poll interviewer complaining about discourteous rejections. The writer said that when calling potential respondents,...
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Quinnipiac Poll Asks Misleading Stand your Ground Questions
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Quinnipiac Poll Asks Misleading Stand your Ground Questions
By: David W. Moore
August 07, 2013 11:15 AM EST
Quinnipiac University recently announced that a majority of American voters back “Stand Your Ground” laws, by a margin of 53% to 40%. The problem is the poll measured opinion on the right of self-defense, not on “Stand Your Ground” (SYG) laws. There is a difference...
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 Pew's 'America is Polarized' Theme - Wrong Again!
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Pew's 'America is Polarized' Theme - Wrong Again!
By: David W. Moore
August 01, 2013 12:15 PM EST
It’s not clear why Pew seems so intent on characterizing the American public as “polarized.” That is the message in the headline of the latest such Pew claim (“Partisan polarization, in Congress and among public, is greater than ever”). And that was the message in...
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Manufacturing Public Opinion on the XL Pipeline
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Manufacturing Public Opinion on the XL Pipeline
By: David W. Moore
July 18, 2013 12:35 PM EST
The decision on whether to authorize building the XL Pipeline, which would transport oil from the tar sands in Canada to refineries in Texas, is still being evaluated by the U.S. State Department. But a new poll suggests Americans already support the pipeline's construction by a wide...
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Conflicting Polls? Don't Blame the Public! (or Excuse Pollsters)
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Conflicting Polls? Don't Blame the Public! (or Excuse Pollsters)
By: David W. Moore
July 12, 2013 09:10 PM EST
In a recent blog post, HuffPost Pollster noted apparent conflicts in polling on abortion (for a better example than the ones provided by Pollster, see my post last week --  Should Abortion Be Legal in Most Cases? CNN and Quinnipiac Polls Differ by 44-Point Swing). Pollster then went on...
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Should Abortion be legal in most cases? CNN & Quinnipiac Polls differ by 44-point swing, question wording matters.
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Should Abortion be legal in most cases? CNN & Quinnipiac Polls differ by 44-point swing, question wording matters.
By: David W. Moore
July 03, 2013 08:05 PM EST
The issue of abortion has been around so long, you might think that people’s opinions are firmly set by now. But recent polls suggest that even on this issue, a slight change in question wording can produce a big change in what “public opinion” is measured. The basic...
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