I'm just sayin' it can be done. Some people seem to be saying it was.
I don't think the digits are entirely random. I don't think they can call unlisted private numbers.
Random digit dialing doesn't guarantee a level playing field of polled individuals. If a poll would slant 80% to either side, the poll would, or should, be thrown out. It's junk. The same is true of 17%, it isn't representative of a level field and shouldn't be published. Not that AP was TRYING to sway the poll, but anyone seeing that it was slanted almost 20% in favor of one side, EITHER SIDE, should have raised red flags and said "This one is crap, let's do it again." Ain't no shame in admitting a flub up, especially a flub up caused by a computer. Just re-do it. No big deal.
But don't post the poll saying the man has a 10 point gain in popularity when you are the only one getting those results. It kinda makes you look like an idiot, ya know?
True, but the intelligent among us, would see this poll, and who was sampled, and take it and its results anomaly for exactly what it is, an anomaly....
If I have 5 weather forecasts and and the one on monday, tuesday, thursday and friday say 10 inches of snow, and wednesday's says no snow.... I'd wouldn't be so quick to put that snow shovel away.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
I spent a few months before I went into the navy doing phone polling. We had any number of polls like that. In those cases, the qualifying question was not a part of the results.
So Rev, you not want to suggest that the intelligent would do the retarded thing, since not only are you wrong based on the results of the poll, not only do you not understand the difference between methodology and results, not only are you continuing to ignore the explanation your own source mentioned was possible, but your example with the temperatures is nothing like this polls results. That is some might big fail Rev.