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01/24/2008 07:56 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Presidential Pollsters or Astrology: Which is More Reliable?

Arianna Huffington is not big on pollsters. Today Huffington Post launched a new feature, Huffpollstrology.

It will keep you up to date on the latest poll results, along with the candidates' latest horoscope predictions, the latest online political betting lines, and the latest weather forecasts for key primary states (and we know how accurate those often turn out to be!). Pollstrology is a great way to see who is hot and who is not -- and which candidates' stars say they might be lucky in voter love today.

I know the astrology part is somewhat tongue- in- cheek, but let's take it a step further anyway. HuffPo gives us the birthdates of the three top Dems, but we need more. We need birth times so we can examine their entire charts. We need rising signs, Moon and Venus placement, a picture of what planets are in their 10th houses. Thanks to Google, the results are below:

Given the haphazard results of our pollsters these days, astrological analysis may be just as reliable. If you aren't an astrologer and need some tips for interpreting, here's one astrologer's suggestions.

As for what weight to give these astrological portraits and predictions, as I once wrote in a court brief when arguing that forensic document (handwriting) experts are no more reliable than astrologers:

Mere training and experience is not a basis for establishing reliability. Many astrologers undergo years of training and expertise in the calculation and evaluation of natal charts, the placement and movement of planets through the twelve planetary houses of the Zodiac, and the calculation and comparison of the degree of angles made by one planet in relation to another in a chart. This discipline involves complex mathematical calculations and an understanding of the nature of the planets in the solar system as taught by a discipline that has been in existence for thousands of years. Yet, the specialized training, experience and expertise that is fundamental to the practice of astrology do not make it reliable. Nor do they elevate astrology to “knowledge”.

That said, I think Arianna's Pollstrology may be as valid a predictor of the presidential nomination as any other. And a lot more fun.

[Jeralyn Merritt blogs daily at TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime.]