Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Headline Polls are useless

Yesterdays headline screamer:

Obama opens double-digit lead over McCain

Todays headline:

Race tightens in final weeks

There's a difference of up to 14 points depending on which ones you choose to believe.

Yeah, that's accuracy for you.

Sebastian SIH has more.


Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

I have another question.

The Brady Bunch and their ilk invariably refer to the Heller decision as "a narrow 5-4 majority."

I'm no mathematician, but 5 of 9 is 55.55 (repeating) percent--call it 55.6%, and 4 of 9 is 44.44 (repeating) percent--call it 44.4%. In other words, SCOTUS agreed, by a margin of over 11%, to strike down D.C.'s handgun ban.

Now, we hear triumphant cries about Obama's "commanding, double digit lead."

How is over 11.1% a "narrow majority," but a (supposed) 10% lead "commanding"?

Anonymous said...

It's becoming increasingly obvious that most of the mainstream media is all but avtively campaigning for Obama.

We just need to remember what he says/said on the campaign trail and show others the comparison to what he does if he gets into office.

...Then be prepared to be called a racist.