posted on Oct, 15 2012 @ 07:53 AM
Originally posted by daaskapital
Originally posted by beezzer
reply to post by longlostbrother
I wouldn't get all giggly over the polls.
Public Policy Polling is a left-leaning agency. Pro-Obama.
Just as Fox news enjoys skewing the polls in favour of Romney. All polls are unreliable.
Lot's of polls has built in bias, or assumptions, as they are based on the concept of extrapolating the preferences of thousands or millions (or tens
of millions) of people, based on a much smaller, but supposedly representative sampling.
If the sampling is done correctly, and the assumptions are correct, then the poll can be quite accurate and useful, which is why candidates spend 10s
of millions on them every year.
None are "perfect" nor can they ever be, nor is that their aim. to that end they build in a margin or error. A number which is meant to demonstrate
the degree to which they trust their own formulation.
Now, there are DEFINITELY political players that goose poll numbers, for political reasons, but... aside from that, a well made poll can be very