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Yet Another Rainy Day in DC "Outliers"

06/03/2009 02:24 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Mark Blumenthal Mark Blumenthal is the Head of Election Polling at SurveyMonkey.

Gallup reports results on how Arab Countries view the U.S. and how Americans view Muslim nations (plus video).

Gary Langer examines the Gallup data, sees views of the U.S. among muslims as better but far from good.

Mark Lynch ponders the meaning and limits of surveys of the Arab world (via Sullivan).

Liz Sidoti summarizes the AP-GfK poll results on torture and closing the Guantanamo Bay prison.

Chris Cillizza walks back a reference to a PPP poll; PPP's Tom Jensen notes no such walk-back on a reference to the Moran campaign's internal poll.

The Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism finds the Sotomayor nomination topping the news agenda.

Chris Bowers and Andrew Gelman go back and forth on whether Mike Dukakis would have won if turnout in 1988 had been like 2008 -- more from Bowers here.

Gary Jacobson reviews (pdf) the 2008 elections; Chris Good summarizes.

David Hill believes Michiganders are "resolute, selectively optimistic" and "willing to wait for a genuine long-term solution."

Mark Mellman reviews psychological research on the role of personal background in decisionmaking in the context of the Sotomayor nomination.

Alex Lundry posts a data visualization of numeric ideological estimates for Supreme Court Justices; Andrew Gelman has doubts about the numbers.   

Bluegrass Politics reports on two Kentucky campaigns sparring over released internal polling; Tom Jensen weighs in.

Nate Silver finds lower abortion rates in states with more self-identified "pro-life" adults.

Chris Bowers says the culture wars will always be with us.

Chris Weigant charts Obama's approval in comparison to previous presidents.

Jim Snyder reports on the use of microtargeting by lobbyists and issue advocacy groups.

Andrew Gelman agrees with Simon Jackman on Internet polls.

DCAAPOR will host a discussion of the "current state of telephony in the US" on June 15.

Carl Bialik reports on the creation of a new, experimental government agency in the U.K. with authority to oversee, monitor and audit all government produced statistics (more on his blog).

NDN sponsors new polls conducted by Pete Brodnitz and Celinda Lake.

Joab Jackson considers the challenges facing data.gov (via Lundry).

Bill Heil and Mikolaj Piskorski research Twitter usage; Drew Conway asks some critical questions.