Unlikely Voter

Conservative views on polls, science, technology, and policy

I’ve hit a snag

Today I started running the numbers to test my theory about why the polling was so wrong in key states this year, and I ran into a snag: my theory was not supported by my data. At least, the normal random fluctuations of polling were drowning out any relationship I hoped to find. Much as […] 

Read More | November 9, 2010
Quiet Day

I know, I know. Where’s the free ice cream? I don’t have anything. It’s the offseason. Until the Presidential races start heating up (and they will faster than any of us would like them to) I’m only going to have so much to write about. But I’m still cooking up my writeup on why some […] 

Read More | November 8, 2010
Silver reverses course, attacks Rasmussen anyway

The New York Times’ Nate Silver is now going after Rasmussen Reports again. After the primaries he said Rasmussen was in his crosshairs for ducking out on a number of races by not polling primaries.

According to Silver’s own chart though, Rasmussen polled twice as often as the second place firm, and is still Silver’s primary target. Funny that.


Read More | November 5, 2010
Processing the results

In order to test my theory as to why certain polls were wrong and others were right, I need to be sure I actually know which polls were wrong and which were right. And doing that testing again will require me to wait for the counts to complete, unfortunately. So, we wait. I am taking […] 

Read More | November 4, 2010
Open Thread: Today is Research Day

As we wait for final and eventually certified counts to trickle in for the House races, and even wait for winners in two Senate races, it’s too soon to start digging in and finding out what we can about the polling this year. I am concerned about just how wrong the polling was universally in […] 

Read More | November 3, 2010
Election Night Open Thread

Good Evening! Below the fold is an Associated Press chart of calls in progress.

4:25pm PT: AP has called it for Leahy, Coats, Paul, and DeMint. No surprises yet.

4:40pm PT: Portman not a surprising hold for Republicans, but it was called for him. Kasich’s inability to get a call yet just underscores his polling collapse in recent weeks.

More updates below the fold.


Read More | November 2, 2010
Nothing much to say until tonight

While I do find it amusing that the final Fox poll and the final PPP poll of Washington favor the opposite of what their respective biases are supposed to suggest (Fox shows Murray +2 and PPP shows Rossi +2), today I am content to wait for returns and find what I can in them.

Because starting tomorrow the offseason work begins.


Read More | November 2, 2010
Senate Projection for November 1

And with my final survey of the House Generic polling done, it’s time to make my final survey of the Senate polling this year, now that it’s already election eve.

Last week the range of possibilities seemed to narrow. I expect that to continue, but let’s see.


Read More | November 1, 2010
House Projection for November 1

This is it. Today’s is my final survey of the Generic Ballots. This is the last time this year I’ll ask Swingometer about the 2010 House elections.

Last week Republicans took their second straight week of a 57 seat projected gain. Will they hit 60? Will they fall below the 1994 benchmark instead?


Read More | November 1, 2010
Angle’s run now matches Reid’s run

After the primary in Nevada, there was no doubt that Democrat Harry Reid had taken a real lead over Republican Sharron Angle, not when he led six polls in a row, and 10 of 12.

Sharron Angle has now matched that run: She’s won 10 of 12 polls, including the last six.


Read More | October 29, 2010
Jon Ralston and Ed Morrissey call out CNN and Time

Now that Nate Silver has declared PPP to have a Republican house effect, all eyes turn to CNN to see what kind of house effect they must have.

Has the whole polling world gone Republican? Why does CNN get the results it does? Jon Ralston and Ed Morrissey have questions.


Read More | October 29, 2010
TCJ Research responds to critics

Last week I addressed the new polls by TCJ Research, an arm of The Conservative Journal. Other than the polling operation being new and untested, my biggest complaint was a lack of transparency.

TCJ Research is beginning to answer questions and become more transparent.


Read More | October 28, 2010
Joe Miller in third? Not so fast.

Continuing Politico’s apparent strategy of linking to obscure polls that say bad things about Republicans for shock and traffic value in this wave year, the site now reports Joe Miller to be in last place.

For several reasons, one has to discount this poll’s predictiveness of the coming election.


Read More | October 28, 2010