Push polls

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on October 25, 2010

Usually it’s politicians using push polls to make things look better than they are. In some instances, less trustworthy media do push polling in an effort to make their side think things are better than they really are.

$1 magazine, known to many as Newsweek has a poll out today that has apparently been shipped in from the parallel universe on the TV show Fringe.

Despite doom-saying about Democrats’ chances in the midterms, the latest NEWSWEEK Poll (full results) shows that they remain in a close race with Republicans 12 days before Election Day, while the president’s approval ratings have climbed sharply. The poll finds that 48 percent of registered voters would be more likely to vote for Democrats, compared with 42 percent who lean Republican (those numbers are similar to those in the last NEWSWEEK Poll, which found Democrats favored 48 percent to 43 percent). President Obama’s approval ratings have jumped substantially, crossing the magic halfway threshold to 54 percent, up from 48 percent in late September, while the portion of respondents who disapprove of the president dropped to 40 percent, the lowest disapproval rating in a NEWSWEEK Poll since February 2010.

Comparing $1’s poll to other polls over at Real Clear Politics shows just how outrageous an outlier this latest poll is. You’ve got to go back to a CBS News/NYT poll (+12) from April of adults (not likely voters or ever registered voters) to get anything close to the +14 point spread $1 is seeing.

Yes, Democrats. Everything is wonderful. You don’t need to vote. Stay home and bask in the quiet confidence that you’re better than everyone else and Newsweek polls are accurate.

One comment on “Push polls”


To be clear, it's still a 1A violation even as they supposedly intended it. But their rush to pass it made it encompass all sorts of stuff.

The judge should not take them at their word that they will "fix" it. The judge should issue the preliminary injunction we requested.

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