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They judge popularity, but very little beyond that, because people just don't know enough

May 29 2009 at 3:12 PM

Response to Whats wrong with polls?


If the subject was Obama's handling of the Chrysler bankruptcy situation, would you rather have a poll of 1,000 average Americans or 25 bankruptcy attorneys?

If the subject was Obama's handling of the economy, would you want a poll of 1,000 average Americans, or 50 economists and 50 financial experts?

It's a question of form or substance. The poll results of 1,000 average Americans will give you a taste of if the average American thinks you're doing a good job, or if you are likely to be re-elected by the populous. But the other polls, with only people who understand the subject matter voting in them, will give you a feel for IF YOU ARE ACTUALLY DOING A GOOD JOB.

What's more important? The form? Or the substance?

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