Monday, July 28, 2008
It's amazing how many presidential polls are taken these days, and you really can pick and choose whichever you want to make the point you want to make.
Last night I caught the political news segments on ABC News and NBC News. One of them pointed to an unnamed poll (which I know was the Gallup poll) to show that Obama was opening his lead on McCain. The other used polls in a few "toss-up" states to show that McCain was making gains on Obama.
The Gallup poll is a national, daily tracking poll, so it's up-to-date; but elections are won on a state-by-state basis, so it's trend-line is valid, but that's about all you can say for it. The other poll was several days old (pre-Obama visit) and it only covered a few states, so it was interesting but not as complete a picture.
Pick your poll. I've added a feature in the upper left-hand corner that links to the latest poll results, and updates the projected electoral votes and Senate and House seats. Click on it to go to the site for more information.