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My Own New York Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Poll

Yesterday, I received a New York Voter Exploratory Republican Presidential Preference Polling Ballot in the mail. Why would I receive a presidential preference poll from the Republicans, when I’ve never voted for a Republican in my life? I suppose the GOP data bots were programmed to note that I’m a political independent, and bring me [...]

Burying the Lede: No Matter How Pew Asks, Majorities Oppose Massive Government Surveillance

“Government Surveillance: A Question Wording Experiment,” reads the latest release of polling data from the Pew Research Center. The story underneath reads:

To better understand how the manner in which the government’s surveillance program is described affects public evaluations, the Pew Research Center conducted a question wording experiment in a national telephone survey fielded between [...]

Picture of a Panic: Fear of Crime and Actual Crime

The Gallup Poll does a great job of juxtaposing two trends. On the one hand, we have Americans who are consistently convinced each year that crime has worsened compared to the year before:

And on the other hand, we have actual crime report data from the Department of Justice, which shows that violent crime [...]

The Faithful and the Fat: Religion Not Associated With Higher Well Being

By combining the data from two recent Gallup surveys, we can see that intense religious devotion seems to be a poor path for self-improvement. [...]

Iowa Secular Voters Expand Influence Before 2016 Caucus

A campaign strategy that appeals to religious Iowans while shunning the significant secular minority in the state is unlikely to succeed. [...]

When "Many in Poll Expected Jesus' Return" Means Most Actually Didn't

Many in Poll Expected Jesus’ Return by 2050

That’s the headline offered today by the Christian Broadcasting Network. You’ll have to look at the little words below the headline to notice that the poll was actually carried out three years ago. And despite the CBN’s declaration that “future hope remains strong,” a quick look at [...]

Why Is Gingrich Super PAC Still Spending?

Why would Sheldon Adelson and the Winning Our Future PAC keep spending money on Gingrich, when he now has virtually no chance of winning the Republican nomination? Take this poll to provide your explanation. [...]

More Americans Wish Politicians Would Stop Using Religion As A Political Tool.

Secular liberals are treated as pariahs by the Democratic Party. There is no functioning political party that represents the interests of secular Americans over the interests of religious Americans. [...]

31 hour Green Party Straw Poll outpulls 60 hour Americans Elect Candidate Draft

At 11 AM on Wednesday February 1 2012, Green Party Watch started an online presidential straw poll. 31 hours later, at the time when the straw poll was scheduled to close, 1689 people had voted, each for one candidate. The results:

Jill Stein: 1210 votes Roseanne Barr: 438 votes Kent Mesplay: 33 votes Harley Mikkelson: [...]

How Moderate are Americans Elect’s Select Nine?

Yesterday, the corporate presidential nominating effort called Americans Elect communicated with favor toward nine American politicians, nine politicians it featured in a dedicated banner on top of its new “Candidates” page. We’ll call these the Americans Elect Select Nine. They are Republican former Governor Buddy Roemer, Republican Congressman Dennis Ross, Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, Republican [...]

Americans Elect Leader Douglas Schoen Uses Dubious Poll to Label Pro-Reform Protest as Dangerous, Out of Touch, Radical, Extremist and even Violent

Douglas Schoen has been acting as a spokesman, a pollster, and an openly-declared “leader” of Americans Elect for some time now — that’s the 501c4 corporation with plans to nominate its own candidate for President and Vice President in 2012. While Schoen has been leading Americans Elect, he’s also been making some pretty strong declarations [...]