Category Archives: Polling

Nobody Likes the Burbs

Don’t tell Joel Kotkin! Last week, Pew Research Center released a report about U.S. attitudes towards, well, everything. One of the widely discussed findings is that liberals would like to live in cities, while conservatives like small towns and the … Continue reading

Posted in Polling, Urban Planning | 8 Comments

Nate Silver and the One-Eyed King in the Land of the Blind

Amidst all of the hubbub over Nate Silver’s departure from the NY Times, Kevin Drum notices something disturbing (boldface mine): At the same time, this tidbit from Politico about Silver’s decisionmaking process while he was weighing competing offers from the … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Experts, Polling, Statistics | 4 Comments

Two Observations on the Gallup Poll About LGBT Identification

So Gallup re-released its poll on LGBT identification, and broke the data down by state: Yes, Washington D.C. has ten percent of respondents identifying as LGBT (after surveying ~0.9% of the total population), and half of them work for the … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, Outside of Pundit Unreality, Obama Is Now Liked More By Independents Post-Debate

Despite all of the pants shitting over Obama’s performance, if you look at post-debate favorability/unfavorability data, Obama has gained ground with independents: To the extent Romney has closed the gap, it appears that it’s due Republicans coming home, not to … Continue reading

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Skip the Debate and Watch the Post-Debate Analysis Instead

Somehow I don’t think that’s the point Brendan Nyhan was trying to make with this figure: Still, if you’ve already made up your mind, and you’re watching because you’re interested in trying to figure out how other people might view … Continue reading

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Banning Handguns, Then and Now

What a lot of people don’t realize is that, in the 1950s and early 1960s, handguns (not rifles or shotguns, handguns) were not very popular. They were often seen as criminal weapons. Don’t believe me? Well… By way of the … Continue reading

Posted in Polling, Public Health | 5 Comments

A Statistical Question About Nate Silver

Note I wrote about not for. In reading this Michael Tomasky piece about the electoral college and how it favors Obama (R-Money would have to pull what Tomasky calls an “inside straight” to win), he has very nice things to … Continue reading

Posted in Polling, Statistics | 6 Comments

Political Views Are Rapidly and Highly Mutable, Not Inviolate Constants

A recent Pew poll (pdf) describes the change in the support for the safety net in the U.S.: What surprises me is the massive drop in support among Republicans since 2007. By polling standards, that’s a huge shift. I don’t … Continue reading

Posted in Basic Human Decency, Conservatives, Polling | 3 Comments

About That ‘Ron Paul Is Driving the Discussion’ Thingee Floating Around The Intertoobz…

…why don’t we look at some data? In case you missed it (and you’re much better off if you have: firing squad! Form circle! Fire! Reload! FIRE!), the last few weeks the bloggysphere has been treated to the fucking ridonkulous … Continue reading

Posted in Polling, Ron Paul, Voting | 2 Comments

It’s Not My Party, But If I Were a Republican I Would Back Romney (It’s the Liberals, Stupid)

Or more accurately, it’s the revolt of the liberals.
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Posted in Conservatives, Democrats, Polling, Voting | 24 Comments