12/08/2009 04:18 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Gallup as EKG 'Outliers'

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs offers the quote of the day: "I tell you, if I was a heart patient and Gallup was my EKG, I'd visit my doctor."

Gallup's Frank Newport defends daily tracking: "I think the doctor might ask him what's going on in his life that would cause his EKG to be fluctuating so much."

Obama job disapproval ticks ahead of approval on our chart; conservatives rejoice.

Nate Silver worries about the Daily Kos/Research2000 enthusiasm gap poll; Joshua Tucker suggests a reference point of comparison.

Chris Beam asks how well the Rasmussen "Tea Party" poll question measures actual support for a Tea Party.

Gary Langer warns against literalism in data analysis; explains why the margin of error grows (slightly) when pollsters interview via landline and cell phone.

Pew Research notes that while only 23% can identify cap and trade legislation, 50% support the idea.

John Sides reviews a not-so simple poll question.

Michael Meyers creates tag clouds to show that neither Bush nor Obama promised "victory" via surge.

Chris Bowers ponders the connection between unemployment and presidential popularity.

Jay Cost looks for the sources of opposition to health care reform.

Resurgent Republic compiles results showing independents favoring military tribunals for 9/11 terrorists.

MoveOn finds is members oppose the Afghanistan War, Steve Benen has more.

Five Texas newspapers team up to conduct election polling in 2010.

Northwestern University journalism student Justine Jablonska explains how to make sense of polls.

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