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  •  What is the population that is being measured? (3+ / 0-)
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    fou, Bob Duck, congenitalefty

    We aren't looking for a representative sample of the electorate.  We are looking for a representative sample of TV audience that watched the debate.

    The characteristics of a viewing audience for a debate may not correspond exactly or even closely with the electorate as a whole.  

    So as a population, the GOP skew may be representative.  It isn't representative of the voting population.  It is representative of the audience that bothered to watch the debate.

    •  well, lets just pick on "white" (3+ / 0-)
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      wishingwell, sharman, wu ming

      For example Nielsen has:
      " Key Nielsen findings include:

      Nearly 43 percent of Hispanic homes watched the common, primetime coverage of the Democratic National Convention, while 35 percent tuned in to the Republican National Convention."

      So, strangely,   all of those Hispanics who were so eager to watch conventions simulataneously turned off their TVs for the debates. The sample was ALL WHITE.

      And as I said above, OFA had 4000 debate watch parties nationwide.. While Romney had 300+ ??

      Interesting.

      "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals; we know now that it is bad economics" - F.D.R.

      by biscobosco on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 12:18:10 AM PDT

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      •  It will be interesting to look at the Nielsen (1+ / 0-)
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        biscobosco

        numbers for the debates.

        I don't take N/A for most categories to mean "all white".  I take the N/A to mean that there weren't enough respondents in the other subgroups to provide a statistically reliable percentage.  In the context of the national audience, however, the views may still be representative.

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