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Twitter Will Gauge Voter Sentiment in New Venture: Will Twitter Call the Next Election?

Daryl 2012/08/01 18:00:00
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NATIONALJOURNAL.COM reports:
The new measure of voter sentiment comes as increased costs and decreased reliability of traditional telephone polls encourage new approaches.
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  • Daryl 2012/08/01 17:29:36
    No
    Daryl
    +10
    Unlikely. Polling accurately is a difficult.

    I prefer a large sample and averaging all polls together.

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  • Joe Rott Mr.Hood... 2012/08/01 22:28:32
    Joe Rott
    +1
    LOL I love it. Difficult choice isn't it. Which one should we eat?
  • Mr.Hood... Joe Rott 2012/08/02 01:03:20
  • Danaman117 Mr.Hood... 2012/08/01 22:57:30
  • nancyisnow Mr.Hood... 2012/08/02 15:53:45
    nancyisnow
    ewwww!
  • Zombie Saddam 2012/08/01 21:35:04
    No
    Zombie Saddam
    +3
    What could possibly be inaccurate about polling mostly young, urban, college-educated internet users? It's not like Twitter is a biased sample of the country, or anything.

    (They could conceivably correct this by weighing Conservative Twitter users more than Liberal Twitter users to make the breakdown more representative of America, though. I don't know what's "under the hood" so to speak of their algorithm)
  • nancyisnow Zombie ... 2012/08/02 16:01:14
    nancyisnow
    Agreed, if they could factor in those persons not on Twitter, they could get a cross section of the old and uneducated. Like, if each person is asked if they know someone who is not online, and how would they vote, and multipy that number by 2, they would get a more accurate result. Then, next year, tweek it to perfection.
  • Fef 2012/08/01 21:10:51
    No
    Fef
    +4
    SodaHead will accurately predict the 2012 election like we predicted the 2008 election.
  • Rebel [... Fef 2012/08/02 00:37:53
    Rebel [SHP]
    +1
    We shall see Fef lol
  • unicorn_lady1 2012/08/01 21:09:30
    No
    unicorn_lady1
    +3
    NO

    But this is the kind of underhanded and freakish bs the progressives do. Powered by google I am sure.... you can't get any more progressive than google.
  • Zoomie unicorn... 2012/08/01 21:14:48
    Zoomie
    +2
    Does that explain the sudden upsurge in Twitter enrollment to Mitten's feed? The one some experts believe is impossible naturally, but could be done if people were essentialy paid to join his Twitter feed...LOL!!!
  • unicorn... Zoomie 2012/08/01 21:21:14
    unicorn_lady1
    +1
    Acorn people have to be paid to do something right? All of those illegal aliens need jobs that real Americans wouldn't do?

    The left have lost the net advantage... bring it...... if you want twitter to become the home of the right.
  • Zoomie unicorn... 2012/08/01 22:12:15
    Zoomie
    +1
    So you're saying the right have now hired all the ACORN people and illegal aliens? LOL!!!

    Wouldn't put it past them!
  • unicorn... Zoomie 2012/08/01 22:26:04
    unicorn_lady1
    +1
    Not my problem if you are incapable of understanding my comment. EOT
  • nancyisnow unicorn... 2012/08/02 16:04:05
    nancyisnow
    I didn't understand it, either.
  • Zoomie unicorn... 2012/09/27 17:59:15
    Zoomie
    Nice followup...yesterday, the Florida GOP fired a firm for illegally registering hundreds of voters in Florida!! LOL!!!

    Seems they were paid $7-13 per person they registered, and so they forged registrations, changed real ones, oh, and they also threw away any from people who insisted on registered as Democrats, even though it was supposed to be a "non-partisan" registration process.

    Curious that they even hired the firm, long associated with the GOP, since they've been doing this very stuff for about 10 years now in at least 8 states!
    The article I read pointed out that the group was dumping Democratic registration forms and submitting invalid ones a few years ago, literally at the same time the GOP were on the floor of Congress attacking ACORN for doing the same thing (which, it turned out, ACORN didn't do).
  • nancyisnow unicorn... 2012/08/02 16:02:40
    nancyisnow
    If this is from the progressives, then why do the progressives vote "no" here?
  • Ozymandias 2012/08/01 21:02:25
  • Sissum71*AFCL* 2012/08/01 20:59:38
    No
    Sissum71*AFCL*
    +2
    Good grief....
  • Sterling 2012/08/01 20:39:45
    No
    Sterling
    +3
    There are a lot of voters who don't use twitter... including this guy.
  • Joe Rott Sterling 2012/08/01 22:32:50 (edited)
    Joe Rott
    +1
    There are a lot of voters who don't vote. I feel people will be staying home in droves this cycle because as Mr.Hoodz points out, it is a though choice.

    http://thought-f00d.blogspot.com
  • Jay Theyme 2012/08/01 20:26:22
    No
    Jay Theyme
    +3
    Less than 10% use Twitter and a significant number of those are young, often more liberal, left-leaning (as many younger less life-experienced people are) and Twitter does seem to be dominated by plenty of left-leaning Hollywood celebrity types (many entertainers do skew far-left, drug addicts, depressives etc).

    So.. what would be the point of this?
    In Canada's last election, IF you believed the Twitter-verse, obviously Canada's 'right-wing fundies' the Conservatives were going to get blown away by an outraged OWS peoples movement.
    Instead, Liberals were destroyed in the election and Conservatives were rewarded by voters with a majority government.

    But I suppose it might indicate where Twitter users will go in an election?
  • Jericho 2012/08/01 20:09:54
    No
    Jericho
    +4
    Not everyone uses twitter, plus I wouldn't trust the results.
  • OnlyAPilgrim 2012/08/01 19:59:20
    No
    OnlyAPilgrim
    +2
    I hope not!
  • thefatguy 2012/08/01 19:44:59
    No
    thefatguy
  • The Patriot 2012/08/01 19:37:10
    No
    The Patriot
    +1
    Just like the last Presidential election -

    Left wing liberal democraps will vote more than once.
  • Karl 2012/08/01 19:34:51
    No
    Karl
    +1
    According to http://www.mediabistro.com/al... only about 8% of the adult population is on Twitter. I would hardly call that representative of the entire population.
  • Walt 2012/08/01 19:28:55
  • unicorn... Walt 2012/08/01 21:10:52
    unicorn_lady1
    +2
    Very well said!
  • Walt unicorn... 2012/08/01 21:16:03
    Walt
    +2
    Thank you!
  • President Camacho 2012/08/01 19:25:12
    No
    President Camacho
    +3
    Twitter is worthless
  • FanOreilly 2012/08/01 19:19:04
    Yes
    FanOreilly
    +2
    Twitter is over-represented by the left but they are a great technology.
  • Nyretiree 2012/08/01 19:17:07
    No
    Nyretiree
    +1
    I know that a lot of people are on twitter but I don't know any of them. I think they are all below voting age or from our wonderfully oblivious crop of college students.
  • Eric 2012/08/01 19:13:58
    No
    Eric
    +1
    I believe that we have an obligation to lie on polls. Polling is based on a destructive idea that you can categorize people into stereotypical special interest groups who think alike. Yes, I know that is what we tend to be but we should strive to be independent thinkers.

    I encourage everyone to lie on opinion polls. An election should be based on votes. And politicians should have to talk to everyone, not just battleground states with battleground voters. And another benefit is that when you see, say, a single white woman, you don't think, ahh, Obama voter or something. People can think for themselves.
  • BigFig#9 2012/08/01 19:10:06
    No
    BigFig#9
    +1
    Twitter's about as scientific as Sodahead....
  • Tennyson James 2012/08/01 19:09:49
    No
    Tennyson James
    +1
    No because there are HUGE segments of the U.S. population who don't tweet.
  • Libertys Martyr 2012/08/01 19:09:35
    No
    Libertys Martyr
    +1
    I'm pretty sure the American people are sick of both these political vampires. If twitter reflects that, then it's all good. But you know people will pick and choose which tweets to show the American people in order to further manipulate and exploit them.
  • Wulfdane 2012/08/01 18:58:31
    No
    Wulfdane
    +2
    Who gives a rats ass?

    Twitter sucks and those who use it suck even worse.
  • Nyretiree Wulfdane 2012/08/01 19:18:27
    Nyretiree
    I agree, they need to get a life!
  • Maat56 2012/08/01 18:57:54
    No
    Maat56
    +1
    Twitter suck at times! no one is loyal there. and sometimes you dont get you updates.....or
    members! Bummer!
  • 34656345 2012/08/01 18:45:25 (edited)
    No
    34656345
    +1
    Remember we have a great deal of people who are uneducated bystanders who seem to not care about who is running this county. They are to wrapped up in being politically correct to safe face with friends than to be concerned with real issues at hand. These people have no real backbone to which is required to flex the finger in clicking a mouse. So the end result will not be called by twitter.

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