Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Problematic Survey, But Still a "Should See"

A post in The Daily Kos (The 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans) paints a stark picture of political landscape (and, one should note, one that pre-promotes Kos' forthcoming book). It suffers from absence of detailed info about how the survey was conducted (though some is given here) and really basic problem of sampling within rather than across groups, but worth looking at. There's a link to demographic crosstabs but we don't get much of a sense of the distribution across the spectrum of opinion -- that is, it looks like most of the questions were simply yes or no. In an opinion poll like this, even a slight yes (or, for that matter, a slight "not no") would put you in the yes column. Still...

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