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  •  It seems to feed an incesant need for election (3+ / 0-)

    politics 24-7.  The good old scorecard.  Who's up, who's down.  Not who's right.

    "If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin." - Charles Darwin

    by ViralDem on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 07:13:57 AM PDT

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    •  It's like the NCAA basketball rankings. (1+ / 0-)
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      It doesn't matter much that Louisville is ranked #3 on a particular week; it's just for the news people to have something to say in that week's column.  They could be #3 at the end of the season, which would make them a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, and they could still have a bad night and get clobbered by the #16 seed who just got in by the skin of their teeth.  Result?  The #3 college basketball team in the country still isn't going to the Final Four.  In other words, the rankings are largely irrelevant except for determining seeding for the NCAA tournament.

      Same for these polls.  They're irrelevant in the sense that you could easily have somebody with approval ratings in the low 40s, or even the low 30s, get re-elected (think Harry Truman), and that's all that matters in the end.  What they do indicate, if done properly, is the public's general mood, which is important if you care how your constituents feel about how you're doing your job.

      Half-baked ideas for sale - cheap!

      by Steaming Pile on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 07:59:38 AM PDT

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