August 04, 2009


A Polling Pandemic?

Walter Shapiro writes about how "the first flicker of Obama's vulnerabilities in the national polls invited an over-reaction from Pollyanna to piranha."

"A strong case can be made that these pile-on polls by themselves cause growing unease. Since the 1930s, polls have been part of the national political debate eagerly parsed by presidents and pundits alike. But never has their influence loomed larger. The rabid fascination with the 2008 election turned America into a nation of polling junkies with everyone from high-school students to elderly shut-ins loudly opining about sampling techniques and margins of error."










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