Polls have come to dominate the media's horse race coverage of political campaigns. Pundits and reporters constantly use them to tell us who's hot and who's not -- but skip over the fact that plummeting response rates and variables like undecided voters and margins of error and often render these polls useless as anything other than lightweight diversions on par with horoscopes and political betting lines.
Below is a chart that helps keep you up to date on the latest poll results, along with the latest horoscope predictions, and the latest online political betting lines - and will hopefully help the polling junkies in the media keep polls in the proper perspective.
|Mccain vs obama in the General election|
August 29, 1936
If you're given to over-the-top reaction on occasion, then you might 'spontaneously combust' when an intriguing offer is made. Even if that's not your style, you're likely to be moved by events. From finding a bargain whilst on holiday to news that a close friend is being offered an escape route from a job they now dislike, you could be forced to think out of your usual comfort zone.
August 4, 1961
More than one partnership could demand attention. You may be nearing a 'signing on the dotted line' moment. Dealings with administrative bodies seem likely. You might also be involved in helping someone extricate themselves from a complicated situation. You might even be the decoy. Quite separately, attraction between you and a 'Water baby' (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) could be irresistible.
|East||New York, NY|
92 degrees (F), 10% chance of rain.
90 degrees (F), 10% chance of rain.
85 degrees (F), 20% chance of rain.
|west||Los Angeles, CA|
75 degrees (F), 0% chance of rain.
General Election Poll: Gallup Tracking Poll
The general-election results are based on combined data from Aug. 3-5, 2008. For results based on this sample of 2,691 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.
Betting Lines: Intrade Prediction Markets