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Pollsters beware: phone cord cutting still en vogue

New CDC adds to evidence that landline-only polling is buyer beware

By Jon Cohen  | December 21, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ask the Pollsters, Polls, methodology  | Tags:  Polls, cellphones, methodology, polling  
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Polling wars: Kos takes on Research 2000

Writing on his eponymous blog, Markos Moulitsas has leveled a devastating fraud charge against the firm that has conducted its polls over the past two years. In the detailed accusation, Kos presents statistical analyses he says suggest the Daily Kos tracking polls conducted by Research 2000 were "likely bunk." Del...

By Jon Cohen  | June 29, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Polls, Tracking, methodology  
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Just what is the South?

For many - my grandmother included - the South is a state of mind, but for data analysts, firmer definition is required. Herein lies a challenge: just what states constitute the region again at the forefront of political discourse? Notably, the Census, exit pollsters and the American National Election Study...

By Jon Cohen  | April 13, 2010; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  methodology  
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Census "heads up" prompts questions

As "Census Day" approaches, the U.S. Census Bureau has come under fire for some of its edgier attempts to encourage people to respond to its mailings, and now, some have begun to take umbrage with standard technique - the advance letter. On National Review's The Corner, John J. Miller questions...

By Jennifer Agiesta  | March 9, 2010; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Census 2010, Polls, methodology  
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