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Entries by Mark Blumenthal from 03/2010

Summit Poll Spinning

| Posted 03.01.2010 | Politics

My column for this week looks at surprisingly extensive discussion of poll results at last weeks health care reform summit. My conclusion:In some ways...

Kaus for Senate? Really?

| Posted 03.02.2010 | Politics

Blogger Mickey Kaus has taken out nominating petitions to run for Senate? Against Barbara Boxer? In a Democratic primary? Apparently so. Let's start w...

And Government Run Medicare Is....?

| Posted 03.05.2010 | Politics

I'm working on a column today about whether enactment of health care reform might affect misperceptions of the legislation and support for it generall...

A Turnaround Perceptions of Health Reform?

| Posted 03.08.2010 | Politics

As promised, my column for this week considers where general perceptions of health care reform currently stand, and whether they might improve should ...

Conflicts at UW-Madison

| Posted 03.09.2010 | Politics

On Sunday, the Associated Press published a lengthy report on a controversy brewing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that involves some friends ...

Health Reform Opposition Falling?

| Posted 03.10.2010 | Politics

Our chart of the favor-or-oppose questions on health care reform has generated a fair amount of discussion this week. Both Chris Bowers and the analys...

Dr. George Gallup and the Literary Digest Poll

| Posted 03.11.2010 | Politics

Just to shake things up a bit, here's a post on a polling controversy from 1936. Earlier this week, Investor's Business Daily ran a fascinating biogra...

Rasmussen and the Colbert Repoll: Truth Grinding

| Posted 03.12.2010 | Politics

In case you missed it, last night's Colbert Report included an interview with pollster Scott Rasmussen that began with an extended metaphor on polling...

Census: Why Ads & Advance Letters?

| Posted 03.15.2010 | Politics

This week's column looks at the U.S. Census and the controversy over its use of television advertising and advance letters to convince Americans to fi...

Strategic Vision: Back, But Not Here

| Posted 03.16.2010 | Politics

They're back. As reported yesterday by Politico, Strategic Vision, LLC posted results** from what they claim is a survey of Georgia. As per our previo...

Re: The Literary Digest Poll

| Posted 03.17.2010 | Politics

Last week, I [linked](http://pollster.com/blogs/dr_george_gallup_and_the_liter.php) to an [article](http://www.investors.com/NewsAndAnalysis/Article.a...

Rising Tide for HCR, Especially Among Dems

| Posted 03.17.2010 | Politics

When reporters asked Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) today about whether his intention to vote for the health reform bill might convince other doubting ...

A Tale of Two NBC/WSJ Health Reform Questions

| Posted 03.18.2010 | Politics

The two-question sequence on health care reform asked by the highly regarded NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll -- slightly updated since I wrote about...

How Should We Label Partisan Polls?

| Posted 03.22.2010 | Politics

My column for this week asks a tough question: What defines a "partisan" poll? A dozen years ago, the answer was easy: A poll paid for by a campaign o...

Health Reform and the Will of the People

| Posted 03.23.2010 | Politics

Both sides of the epic health care reform battle continued to invoke the view of "the people" over the last few days. A few hours after the bill passe...

About that Gallup Instant Poll

| Posted 03.24.2010 | Politics

USA Today and Gallup released results from a one night survey yesterday that are very encouraging for Democrats: 49% of the adults surveyed nation-wid...

CBS Offers a HCR Panel-Back Survey

| Posted 03.24.2010 | Politics

CBS offers us another instant reaction poll that suggests a modest bump in support for health reform. The methodology they employed is worth reviewing...

Dispelling Myths and Experiencing Health Reform

| Posted 03.25.2010 | Politics

Brendan Nyhan has an op-ed in today's New York Times that applies the lessons learned from his research on dispelling political misperceptions to what...

The Harris "Wingnut" Poll: Could We Do Better?

| Posted 03.29.2010 | Politics

My column reviews the criticism of the Harris Interactive "wingnut" survey released last week and suggests some ways to better measure some of the ...

Cell Phone Interviewing in Florida

| Posted 03.31.2010 | Politics

A South Florida Sun Sentinal article on the impact of the rising use of cell phones on surveys includes this bit of news: The Quinnipiac Universit...