Category Archives: Polling

What Does a Debate Poll Mean When 60% of Respondents Didn’t Watch It?

For the record, I’ve never really based what I should think and believe on what polls say. I opposed the Iraq War when it was popular, I opposed the Patriot Act when it was popular. I opposed torture when it … Continue reading

Posted in Democrats, Fucking Morons, Polling

When It Comes to Vaccination, The Kids Are Not Alright

Too often, younger adults are incorrectly faulted for doing things wrong (e.g., they’re actually doing better than their parents did academically). But, as a recent YouGov poll shows, when it comes to vaccination, younger adults really need to pull their … Continue reading

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We Are Still Collectively Losing Our Sh-t Over 9/11

From Gallup, we find these public opinion poll results: Let’s leave aside the observation that if crime were to be worse that year than the previous for many years, we would be in a sci-fi dystopia at this point. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Fucking Morons, Polling

We Are a Nation of Stupids

By way of Kevin Drum, we come across a Gallup poll with the following results: Look at the third and fifth statement. They are the exact opposite of each other, yet 63 percent favor the third and 56 percent favor … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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