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Interpreting Polls

Posted by Sal on February 28, 2006

A new CBS News Poll shows Bush at all-time low approval ratings of 34%, and that they think he is doing a poor job in the war on Terror in a 51% to 43% margin.

However, newsbusters.org points out the following about the poll:

“Total Republicans” contacted: 272 unweighted and 289 weighted.
“Total Democrats” contacted: 409 unweighted and 381 weighted.
“Total Independents” contacted: 337 unweighted and 348 weighted.

This is in contrast to the party affiliation of Americans, based on the results of the 2004 election and other polls conducted in 2005 to confirm, is as follows:

30% Republican
33% Democrat
37% Independent

In this poll, the weighted poll shows 37% Democrats and 28% Republicans, with the remaining being independent. This gives the Democrats a 5% swing in number of respondents, thus making the entire poll bogus.

While it is true that Bush is down lately (Rasmussen, the most accurate of all pollsters, has Bush at 43%), the CBS poll is an example of shameless partisanship in the name of “scientific” polling. It just goes to prove the old saying penned by the eloquent Mark Twain: “There are three types of lies — Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.”

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Stupid Criminals 101

Posted by Sal on February 28, 2006

A woman in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, recently had her house broken into and items from her purse stolen. The police were able to apprehend the culprit rather quickly, however. He left his parole and probation cards behind in the woman’s house.

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