Friday, July 27, 2012

Intentionally Skewing the Polls

The fun thing about taking Statistics is it really hits home that anyone, anywhere can make stats whatever they want.  They can word questions a certain way, tailor the answers so there's no clear cut alternatives, and even heavily weight the participants. Ok most people should know this anyway.  

But in the media you would think they would have a bit more discernment.  Maybe a bit more care?  Here's NBC admitting they skewed their latest poll which showed Obama leading Romney by 6%.  Why?  They over sampled Democrats.  Naturally the poll would lean to President Obama.  The results were aired when every other polling data had them at a dead heat or Romney leading.   They still stand by their words that Romney is in trouble. 

Enjoy the madness!

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