10/12/2012 12:18 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10/12/12 Pollster Open Thread

This open thread is to discuss all of the day's polls -- what they tell us about the election, their methodological strengths and weaknesses, notable findings others have missed or whatever else you want to talk about. Each day's open thread will appear in the morning and remain open for 24 hours. We also encourage you to use the "favorite" button to identify the most interesting or insightful comments.

Thursday featured comment
“The Mason Dixon poll is not right for Florida. I bet the crosstabs will show a huge overpolling of Repubs. Perhaps, Romney by 3 or 4 would make sense, but I've made calls to Florida, and if Rick Scott and this polling firm thinks hispanics and young voters won't turn out, they are dead wrong. While the excitement isn't the same for Obama as it is in 2008, that isn't surprising. It is sort of like the Beatles. You had beatlemania in 1964 but as they transformed, and had more other Rock legends like the Who, Rolling stones, and Hendrix who stole the spotlight, the Beatles were still great, but not the biggest thing in the music business." - Rightbrainedleftwinged

Honorable mention (AKA: Compliment of the week)
"I have to say--big picture--that these comments on pollster have many fine analyses about how one poll tips one way because of oversampling one type of voter, and other polls differ due to which day the poll was taken. Probably all these comments have a grain of truth. What it all boils down to is that we have a very close race.” - marty913



Polls: Obama vs. Romney