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  •  Ras's last five FL-Sen polls (10+ / 0-)

    February: tie
    March: Mack  up 7
    April: Nelson up 11
    July: Mack up 9
    August: Nelson up 7

    Even Rasmussen should ask themselves what's wrong with their methodology when they're producing garbage like this.  

    22, male, new CA-18 (home and voting there), new LA-01 (college)

    by Jeff Singer on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 09:28:50 AM PDT

    •  The thing to understand about Rasmussen... (14+ / 0-) that he's selling political entertainment, not accuracy.  His entire business model is based on random people on the internet paying to see his "polls."  He doesn't have business or political clients, and rarely even media clients.  In the past he had a few GOP political clients, but that was rare and only a window into his personal politics, not part of his business model.

      So he has no incentive to provide accurate polling.  His incentive is to keep his subscriber base happy, and as he caters to wingnuts, he just needs to keep providing emotional satisfaction to wingnuts.  Providing sporadically Dem-happy polls is part of letting wingnuts tell themselves Ras isn't rigging its polls for them, which they can be easily persuaded isn't being done by just an occasional bone.

      44, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Fri Aug 17, 2012 at 09:35:31 AM PDT

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    •  Wow (4+ / 0-)
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      ArkDem14, skibum59, sapelcovits, CF of Aus

      Okay, let that be the nail in the coffin of Ras polls.  We literally can't extract any useful information from them.  We're better off using Ouija boards or divining the truth from scattering chicken bones than Ras polls.  We can't be sure it has a GOP bias, or a Dem bias for that matter.  These polls simply have a bullshit bias.  Call it a margin of error of 30%.  They are quite simply useless, and we should stop even reporting or looking at them.

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