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Re: Dueling Polls

By on 9.8.10 | 7:59PM

Jim: It should be noted that Time/CNN is polling registered voters, while both Rasmussen and SurveyUSA are filtering responses to isolate likely voters. The latter two firms might not be capturing likely voters correctly, of course, but they both have a pretty good track records, and I'm inclined to distrust a poll that makes no attempt to measure the enthusiasm gap between Republicans and Democrats in this cycle -- which is to say, I'm inclined to suspect the Time/CNN sample includes dispirited Democrats who are unlikely to make it to the polls, and thus to take it with a grain of salt.

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