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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by shades View Post
    first of all dont pay to much attention to this particular poll given the target audience.

    your tendancy to feel the need to praise him, albeit temporarily is a common human nature instinct. Like the bank robber that stops on the way out the door and hands the little kid a 20 and tells him to buy his mom something nice. for this brief moment you go "ahhhh, thats sweet".

    but remember the bigger picture you pointed out, we ARE headed in the wrong direction with this administration.
    Obama is clueless, you need to look no further than his apointees. Every president to date knows rule #1 is have a good team around you. the task is too large for one man and left to one man, ideologys are sure to trump common sense.

    The presidency is a give and take affair, by refusing to, even through hook and crook, listen to the American people, thinking "hell, they elected me they must be on board with my vision".. Obama has lost his way.

    The independants that voted for him were on board with his promise of CHANGE, bipartisan for the good of the country CHANGE promise..

    there are those that will vote for him regardless, there are those that wont regardless,
    but
    This middle vote that will again sway the "12" election is a very smart lot...

    we shall see
    There was no target audience. Read post #81, which explains why.
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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Approval ratings are like a thermometer...they go up and down all the time.

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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by coolwalker View Post
    Approval ratings are like a thermometer...they go up and down all the time.
    Depends. If you set your air conditioning to 76 degrees all year, then it bears no relationship to a poll. Try a roller coaster..... Um, never mind. If you don't get on one, you don't go up and down. Ah, how about a trampoline.... Hmm, same problem as the roller coaster. OK, try taking LSD and heroin alternatively. Crap, that won't work either. Once you nod out on the heroin, you won't be flying on the acid, so no up and down there either. Wait, I've got it. There is a solution, but you are going to have to live on an elevator to make it work.
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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    Apparently this went over your head, so I will try and be a little more clear.

    The result of a question asking what party a person identifies with = result

    How the poll was conducted = methodology

    Your criticism has been with the former, not the latter. I even linked to the latter so you could actually see if there was a problem.
    Yes, the result of a question on party affiliation is a "result", but the decision to include a disproportionate number of Dems in the poll results is a "methodology".

    The normal methodology is to include a ratio of Republicans, Democrats, and independents consistent with the known population.

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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by Gill View Post
    Yes, the result of a question on party affiliation is a "result", but the decision to include a disproportionate number of Dems in the poll results is a "methodology".

    The normal methodology is to include a ratio of Republicans, Democrats, and independents consistent with the known population.
    Hahaha. LMAO. That is not true at all. It is impossible to have a methodology to include a disproportionate amount of respondents from either political party in a poll that is conducted by using random dialing. It just doesn't exist. Excuse me for laughing at what you posted, but I just can't help it. Hehe.

    Read post #81, which explains why this poll was not biased.
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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Hahaha. LMAO. That is not true at all. It is impossible to have a methodology to include a disproportionate amount of respondents from either political party in a poll that is conducted by using random dialing. It just doesn't exist. Excuse me for laughing at what you posted, but I just can't help it. Hehe.

    Read post #81, which explains why this poll was not biased.
    Slow down and actually read what I wrote. Yes, it is impossible to have a methodology that predetermines whether respondents are Dems or Republicans. but, the methodology determines the ratio of the respondents used to determine the results of the poll.

    Do you actually believe that pollsters use every single person they contact to determine the results of the poll????

    THAT is laughable.

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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    I'm not sure why we're arguing the validity of this poll when it is so far out of line with the other 10-15 polls I posted through the Real Clear Politics link. Every other poll is pretty to close to being within the margin of error, but this one is not. That would lend to the high likelihood that this poll isn't an accurate representation of overall public sentiment at the time it was conducted.

    We don't even have to argue methodology, sample make-up, or any of the other nonsense, we just have to do a simple comparison.
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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    I'm not sure why we're arguing the validity of this poll when it is so far out of line with the other 10-15 polls I posted through the Real Clear Politics link. Every other poll is pretty to close to being within the margin of error, but this one is not. That would lend to the high likelihood that this poll isn't an accurate representation of overall public sentiment at the time it was conducted.

    We don't even have to argue methodology, sample make-up, or any of the other nonsense, we just have to do a simple comparison.
    You are correct, but it is interesting to discuss the reason that the AP poll is so off-base compared to other polls. I believe it is due to the increasingly liberal slant of AP, which is why they used poor methodology to skew the poll.

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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    it is impossible to have a methodology that predetermines whether respondents are Dems or Republicans
    I presume you mean methods and we are not discussing the philosophy behind a particular method(s).
    Nonsense.
    Examples:
    I want dems. I poll a college campus, avoiding the business and engineering schools. I poll an inner-city area. I poll a hippie concert.
    I want repubs. I poll a business school. I poll a southern rural area. I poll small business owners.

    One can do it by geography, demographics, etc.
    I want birfers. I poll a TP rally.

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    Re: AP-GfK poll: Obama approval hits 60 percent

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Here is the whole matter of skew. As a percentage of the American population, there is not going to be a 50-50 split among Democrats and Republicans - EVER. There are a crapload of Independents out there who are willing to identify with either party. Some will identify with Democrats if they perceive the president doing something very good, such as killing bin Laden. When Obama was doing poorly, some of these same Independents were identifying as Republicans, which helped the GOP gain the majority in 2010.

    There is no secret to this. Pollsters don't spend time combing through records looking for clues as to who might be a Democrat or a Republican. They call a random sample, and any scientist will tell you that the larger a sample is, the more it is going to represent the population as a whole, as the margin of error becomes less. So with this poll, it looks like more Americans are identifying with Democrats than Republicans. In 2010, more Americans were identifying with Republicans than Democrats, and that could very well happen in 2012, depending on how Obama does.

    In short, those who are complaining that more Democrats were called are putting up a red herring, and building a straw man, both at the same time.

    I have a story for you, and it is true. My wife is very Liberal, and strongly identifies as a Democrat. In 2010, she complained that Rasmussen was purposely polling Republicans to make the Democrats look bad. I explained to her what I have posted in this thread. She wasn't buying it, of course. She IS a hyperpartisan. We have a good marriage, but when it comes to politics, we argue hard. And, sometimes, she just refuses to listen to reason. Some people in this thread are also refusing to listen to reason. Some are just like my wife, and some are even worse than my wife. To them, it is better to take the blue pill, and forget reality. The only thing in life that is important to them are the political parties that they are slaves to. To those people I say "You can keep the political slavery". I don't want it. Critical thinking, and intellectual freedom, is better than being a slave to any political party or ideology.

    To sum it all up, the whole argument brought up by those complaining that AP took a biased poll can be summed up in one word....

    Bullocks and dishonest.... Oops, make that 3 words.
    nonsense, the lot of it.

    You're telling me that if I happen to call 1000 people, and by sheer blind luck I get 80% Democrats... the poll I take is not skewed to favor Democrats?

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