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So you guys think the Rasmussen polls are objective and accurate?

ὤTṻnde΄ӂ 2009/08/23 02:03:58
I'm tired of people telling me I should look at the Rasmussen polls for America's opinions on health care reform.


"Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports, has been an independent pollster for more than a decade. Like the company he started, Scott maintains his independence and has never been a campaign pollster or consultant for candidates seeking office."

However, the Center for Public Integrity database on campaign consultants shows "Scott Rasmussen Inc" as a paid consultant for both the "Republican National Committee" and "Bush, George W."

Assuming the database is accurate, is there anyone who believes the phrase "has never been a campaign pollster or consultant for candidates seeking office" is not, at a minimum, intentionally misleading?


January 29, 2009
By Dolores M Bernal
The right-wing media wasted no time in spreading the results of a poll 
that shows President Barack Obama’s popularity dropping to 49 percent. 
Some may say that this is just the ammunition that the GOP was looking 
for to derail Obama’s agenda.
According to the Rasmussen Reports daily poll, 49 percent of Americans 
say they at least “somewhat approve” of the President’s performance, 
while 30 percent think the president is doing a good job.
Some 38 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama entirely.
But most people won’t really look into who conducted the poll; perhaps 
if they find out that Scott Rasmussen was a paid consultant for W. 
Bush’s 2004 election, they may doubt the pollster’s objectivity.
The fact that mostly right-wing/conservative groups and media use 
Rasmussen polls, should also give people a clue of whom he caters to.


Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann will hold down the fort and that they expose Rasmussen’s toxic garbage.
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  • StarrGazerr 2009/08/23 13:56:59
    StarrGazerr
    +27
    Rasmussen is unquestionably skewed towards the right. On just about any issue, nine out of ten polls will be within a few points of each other, and the tenth, Rasmussen, is consistently about ten points to the right of everyone else. Part of the reason is Scott Rasmussen's agenda, of course, but they even admit to the biggest flaw in their own polls - they only conduct surveys using landlines, so they completely ignore the over 10% of the population that relies primarily on cell phones. And that segment of the population is overwhelmingly young Democrats. It's kind of like taking a survey about whether you like the Designated Hitter rule, but not asking anyone in the National League.

    Rasmussen is a joke, and the only bigger joke is the right wingers who pretend otherwise.

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  • Edward 2009/08/30 13:20:07
    Edward
    for the most part yes
  • Peggy 2009/08/25 19:17:55
    Peggy
    +2
    Do I think that? NO!
  • thakatchaser 2009/08/25 18:08:08
  • ken 2009/08/24 12:33:37
    ken
    +3
    i think you examine as many polls as you can to get an idea. This is no more slanted than NBC, ABC, gallup, Washington Post, New York Times, ETC. I feel that most of the polls are bull....they keep going to the same east coast and west coast areas. Remeber, there are lies, damn lies and statistics.
  • Spizzzo BN-0 2009/08/24 07:08:26 (edited)
    Spizzzo BN-0
    +2
    I did not know some of those details about Rasmussen, but I HAD noticed his Presidential approval polls ran consistently a few points below the other polls. I'd also read how his "approval index" numbers, a supposed indicator of intensity of like/dislike and therefore, an indicator for future overall approval numbers was controversial amongst other pollsters. I doubt he grossly or consciously biases his polls, but the objective findings compared to other ones are troubling.
  • Fallout 2009/08/24 02:48:02
  • onlyone... Fallout 2009/08/25 17:54:51
    onlyonetigger
    +5
    Hiya little one.
    Photobucket
  • Fallout onlyone... 2009/08/25 20:56:28
  • Kay 2009/08/23 22:29:31
    Kay
    +1
    Seeing that every poll shows Obama's performance in a spiraling downward motion, one would assume that his performance basically sucks.

    poll obamas performance spiraling downward motion assume performance basically sucks
  • specoly Kay 2009/08/23 22:43:04 (edited)
  • Kay specoly 2009/08/23 23:28:23
    Kay
    I am an intelligent person that realizes that people have seen Obama for what he really is... a little boy in a mans job.
  • specoly 2009/08/23 17:17:08 (edited)
  • 1348933 specoly 2009/08/23 20:53:39
    1348933
    +4
    Take a look at pollster.com, Specoly. They graph aggregated polling data from all the major pollsters, too. But what's really cool about pollster.com are the "tools" they give you on their graphs. At the bottom of the graphs there's a "tools" icon you can click. You can "tweak" the data inputs yourself. Give it a try! :-)

    www.pollster.com/polls/us/fav...
  • neoredpill 2009/08/23 15:19:09
    neoredpill
    +8
    Rasmussen is pretty consistently an outlier (meaning out of statistical range of most other polls). For example, their daily tracking poll currently shows a 48% approval/51% disapproval rating for Obama (-3% differential). Gallup daily tracking poll reports 53% approval/40% disapproval (+13%). Polls released this month by NBC, ABC/Washington Post, Pew Research, Fox/OD, Gallup, and Marist all show results in the range of +11% to +20%. The question is why the difference.
    http://pollingreport.com/obam...

    Some have argued that all the other polls are wrong. They argue that by using pre-recorded questions, differences in inflection, etc. cannot create differences in the responses. This argument is hard to accept, because if such differences can influence results, how do we know Rasmussen uses the "correct" intonation (i.e., unbiased) to begin with?

    Those arguing that Rasmussen is inaccurate have pointed to their methodology, which can lead to relatively large sampling errors which must then be compensated for by more significant weighting, reducing the overall accuracy of the results. I am not convinced that this can explain why they so consistently are to the right of other polls, unless this sampling error is consistent in nature.

    Whatever the reasons for the difference in resu...
    Rasmussen is pretty consistently an outlier (meaning out of statistical range of most other polls). For example, their daily tracking poll currently shows a 48% approval/51% disapproval rating for Obama (-3% differential). Gallup daily tracking poll reports 53% approval/40% disapproval (+13%). Polls released this month by NBC, ABC/Washington Post, Pew Research, Fox/OD, Gallup, and Marist all show results in the range of +11% to +20%. The question is why the difference.
    http://pollingreport.com/obam...

    Some have argued that all the other polls are wrong. They argue that by using pre-recorded questions, differences in inflection, etc. cannot create differences in the responses. This argument is hard to accept, because if such differences can influence results, how do we know Rasmussen uses the "correct" intonation (i.e., unbiased) to begin with?

    Those arguing that Rasmussen is inaccurate have pointed to their methodology, which can lead to relatively large sampling errors which must then be compensated for by more significant weighting, reducing the overall accuracy of the results. I am not convinced that this can explain why they so consistently are to the right of other polls, unless this sampling error is consistent in nature.

    Whatever the reasons for the difference in results, I have noticed a bias in reporting those results. Even when there were a majority of respondents stating they supported Obama, Rasmussen produced a negative "Presidential Approval Index" by only considering those that expressed strong approval or disapproval. At that time, the summary failed to mention at all that a majority overall still expressed support.
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  • MOM - LOL@Silly.St.Sarah.of... 2009/08/23 14:20:22
    MOM - LOL@Silly.St.Sarah.of.Wasilly
    +18
    Rasmussen is nothing but the tin standard of pollsters, if you want the gold standard, refer to Gallup!
  • onlyone... MOM - L... 2009/08/25 17:53:42
    onlyonetigger
    +11
    Tin foil standard,,,lol.
    Photobucket
  • MOM - L... onlyone... 2009/08/25 17:54:20
    MOM - LOL@Silly.St.Sarah.of.Wasilly
    +7
    You, sir, make me laugh!
  • onlyone... MOM - L... 2009/08/25 17:55:27
    onlyonetigger
    +7
    Sometimes it's the best thing,.,
  • MOM - L... onlyone... 2009/08/25 18:03:11
    MOM - LOL@Silly.St.Sarah.of.Wasilly
    +7
    Never will you get a complaint from me for making me laugh!
    Thanks, TIG!
  • Nowonmai 2009/08/23 14:19:03
    Nowonmai
    +9
    Too often I have read the, dare I say, reports there, and have just boggled at how skewed the questions were, and the purported statistics are almost identical all the time, varying 1 to 3 points if that.
  • StarrGazerr 2009/08/23 13:56:59
    StarrGazerr
    +27
    Rasmussen is unquestionably skewed towards the right. On just about any issue, nine out of ten polls will be within a few points of each other, and the tenth, Rasmussen, is consistently about ten points to the right of everyone else. Part of the reason is Scott Rasmussen's agenda, of course, but they even admit to the biggest flaw in their own polls - they only conduct surveys using landlines, so they completely ignore the over 10% of the population that relies primarily on cell phones. And that segment of the population is overwhelmingly young Democrats. It's kind of like taking a survey about whether you like the Designated Hitter rule, but not asking anyone in the National League.

    Rasmussen is a joke, and the only bigger joke is the right wingers who pretend otherwise.
  • patt 2009/08/23 13:50:17
    patt
    +14
    But, then, we already knew that, didn't we? What a crock.
  • Dan D 2009/08/23 02:24:08
    Dan D
    +2
    And don't forget CNN - the bastards of conservatism - who say that Obama's approval dropped 7% in his 2nd 100 days.

    And Pew who says it dropped 9% - Olberman can smell that Pew from his office.

    Even Chris Mathews said his leg is tingling 12% less often now than it did when Obama took office.
  • Kay Dan D 2009/08/23 20:30:45
    Kay
    LMAO
  • 1348933 Dan D 2009/08/23 21:05:07
    1348933
    +3
    The question was about the value and objectivity of Rasmussen polls. There's nothing mentioned in the question about Pew polling.

    Try to stay on topic.
  • ken 2009/08/23 02:09:30
    ken
    +2
    Only when it fits in with the way I think? Is that what you mean?

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