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  •  Reporting results that way, especially without (8+ / 0-)

    cell frequencies, and especially when the categories next to the "N/A"s in most cases mirror the total results so closely, would be polling malpractice.  We can see from looking at male/female and urban/suburban and across income that there was plenty of internal variation within the dataset.  The notion that there was none regarding age -- and really, you think that there were fewer than 100 people under 50 out of 430? -- gives that notion the lie.

    If your argument is that "well, clearly they had some people who weren't white, Southern, etc." -- fine.  They had so few, though, that this is not even possibly a random sample of viewers -- which is what it is being represented to be.

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    by Seneca Doane on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 04:08:22 AM PDT

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      You are not innumerate, so you must realize that the difference between MOE for 50+ and total demonstrates that there was variation regarding age.

      We don't know what the reporting cutoff was, but yes, I think a fair snap sample would be strongly skewed to older people. CNN probably didn't have access to "true" debate viewer demographics that it could use for weights. For that matter, you haven't presented a shred of evidence about the viewer demographics, nor about typical response rates by age, nor any evidence that the crosstab format is even unusual.

      You are one person on DKos whom I would fully expect to know the difference between evidence and no evidence. But I guess you've been stewing about this all night.

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      by HudsonValleyMark on Thu Oct 04, 2012 at 05:21:52 AM PDT

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