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Poll Bias?

October 22, 2008

No matter what the final result is, almost every poll favors the Democrat until the end – at best, they show the race to be tight, even when it’s not. I found this list today and thought it interesting. It may explain why the polls are always so favorable to Democrats. This is a list of the polling companies’ addresses.

Poll Headquarters
ABC News 77 W 66th St, #13, New York City, New York
CBS News 524 W 57th St, New York City, New York
FOX News 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, New York
Gallup 901 F St NW, Washington DC
Hotline 88 Pine St, 32nd floor, New York City, New York
IBD 12655 Beatrice St. Los Angeles, California
LA Times 202 W 1st St, Los Angeles California
Marist 3399 North Rd, Poughkeepsie, New Jersey
Mason-Dixon 1250 Connnecticut Ave #200, Washington DC
Newsweek 251 W 57th St, New York City, New York
NY Times 1 City Hall, New York City, New York
Pew 1615 L St NW, #700, Washington DC
Quinnipiac 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden Connecticut
Rasmussen 625 Cookman, #2, Asbury Park, New Jersey
Reuters 3 Times Square, New York City, New York
Survey USA 15 Bloomfield Ave., Verona New Jersey
TIPP 690 Kinderkamack Rd, Oradell, New Jersey
WaPo 1150 15th St NW, Washington DC
Zogby 901 Broad St, Utica, New York

Seems to me that those addresses are all in “blue” states – heavily Democrat areas. Could that explain the tilt?

My point is that you should not necessarily believe what the polls say. I think they try to get supporters of the Republican candidate to lose faith due to the poll numbers and not bother to vote. Remember that Kerry had a lead on Bush with two weeks to do in 2004.

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