Thursday, October 27, 2005

 

Problems with new RON poll?

The Ray Bliss Institute/Univ. of Akron recently release the results of a poll that purports to show that Issues 1-3 are passing with "Likely Voters" but Issues 3 & 4 are failing.

But one of our readers has raised several questions about the validity of the poll. These don't seem to be "sour grape" type questions:
1) Why did the pollsters survey "citizens" instead of registered voters, and how many of them are registered voters?
2) How did the pollsters determine who was a "Likely Voter"?
3) How many respondents are in the LV subset and what is the Margin of Error for this group?
2) How did the pollsters determine who was a "Aware Citizen" and how many of these are registered voters?
4) How many respondents are in the AC subset and what is the MoE for this group?
5) How many LV respondents are in the AC group and vice versa?
6) Was the group of Ohio citizens or any of the subsets balanced for party affiliation?
7) Why is there no "undecided" category for any of the respondents for any of the questions?
8) Why was the poll conducted over a three-week period?
9) Were the phone calls used during the survey conducted by professional staff?
10) Will the pollsters release a copy of their full questionaire?
These seem like pretty serious concerns.

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