In discussing the accuracy of his latest forecast, Nate Silver feels his work would have been more accurate if Democrats had flooded the playing field with bullshit polls like the ones he integrated into FiveThirtyEight from the GOP. Maybe Silver shouldn't have used the poorly conducted polls. Seems to make more sense than encouraging more bad ones.
From pollsters putting out known bad research to everyone simply ignoring that the methods of collection data obviate entire generations of voters, we know that polls are pretty worthless. Television news media, however, holds these polls up like gospel. The polls have been startlingly wrong election after election, but we trust them as they are… READ THE REST
The superficially magnanimous tone of Elon Musk's Twitter poll makes Russia's annexation of Ukraine's east seem almost reasonable. But users of the site are so far "voting" for Ukraine to retain its territory, dealing the billionaire a trivial public defeat that's interesting only for how mad he seems to be about it: Ukraine's ambassador to… READ THE REST
We intuitively understand that by asking bent questions, a pollster can get the result they want. A classic of the genre is asking people if lawbreakers should be punished to make things Americans overwhelmingly support (e.g. weed and abortions) poll lower by contextualizing that support as support for criminals. But Gallup set about demonstrating that… READ THE REST
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