Polling Update: The Substitute Teacher

Since Miss Mollie is not with us this morning (the Hemingways lost power last night and there’s a roughly one in three chance that she’s swimming the Potomac with a knife in her teeth as I write this), here’s the substitute teacher version of the smattering of new polls she’d normally be providing for you:

Presidential Race — National

NPR — Romney 48, Obama 47      Romney + 1

Rasmussen – Romney 49, Obama 47     Romney + 2

Presidential Race — State Polls

Florida (Survey USA) — Romney 47, Obama 47     Tie

Georgia (Survey USA) – Romney 52, Obama 44   Romney + 8

Oregon (The Oregonian) – Obama 47, Romney 41  Obama + 6

U.S. Senate Races

Florida (Survey USA) — Nelson (D) 49, Mack (R) 41    Nelson (D) + 8

New Mexico (Albuquerque Journal) — Heinrich (D) 50, Wilson (R) 42   Heinrich (D) + 8

 

  1. Mitch Noyes

    Personally, I like to write with a knife in my mouth. That’s what makes my posts so edgy.

    Thanks folks. Here all week!

    PS – why don’t you guys just include a link to RCP Latest Polls page when you do this everyday?

  2. Brian Rants

    Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I know about the only place more liberal than my native Washington is Oregon. The fact that Obama is only up by +6 is the most telling poll I’ve seen in the last month.

  3. Astonishing

    But that’s not the way our real teacher does it!

  4. tabula rasa

    Well, you did do the job. But there’s no Mollie like Mollie.

  5. Spin

    “Wiff a mife in my mouf”

  6. Spin

    Brian, when are we going to do a central Washington meet up?

    Brian Rants: Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, I know about the only place more liberal than my native Washington is Oregon. The fact that Obama is only up by +6 is the most telling poll I’ve seen in the last month. · 16 minutes ago

  7. katievs

    I don’t like it that FL is so close.

  8. Mark Wilson

    Yesssss substitute teacher!!  We can post whatever we want!!  Par-ty! Par-ty! Par-ty! Par-ty!

  9. Albert Arthur

    The Rasmussen national tracking poll makes me nervous.

  10. George Rapp
    Troy Senik, Ed.: [...] Miss Mollie [...] swimming the Potomac with a knife in her teeth [...]

    Paging EJHill – please pick up the red courtesy phone … 8^)

  11. Casey

    Troy, Mollie usually lets us chew gum and play seven up before we read these.

  12. Copperfield

    The NPR national poll sampled D+3 (44-41).

    They report oversampling the battleground states for this poll and cite that President Obama holds a 4-point lead when just those battleground states are considered (expect to hear plenty of this from the legacy media in the next day or so).  Of course, to get that they sample D+8 (48-40). 

    Those samples include leaners. 

    What does it portend if Rasmussen and Gallup both have at least R+2, or dead-even with leaners, and NPR has to oversample D+8 to get the President a 4 point lead in battleground states? 

  13. Roberto

    A timely article by Samuelson on polling, nothing new per se but worth perusing:

    Among pollsters, there’s fear that changing technology (mainly cellphones) and growing public unwillingness to do interviews are undermining telephone surveys — and that there’s no accurate replacement in sight. A recent study by the Pew Research Center reported its response rate at 9 percent, down from 36 percent in 1997. Put differently: in 1997, Pew made about three residential calls to get one response; now it makes 10…

    Cellphones pose problems because people who use them exclusively — people who don’t have landline phones — are younger, poorer and more Democratic than the general population. By late 2011, 32 percent of Americans 18 and over had only a cellphone, up from 16 percent in early 2008. Among those 25 to 29, the share was 60 percent…

    All this threatens the largest upheaval in polling since the 1930s.

    It would be wise for us to be neither too  jovial nor excessively distraught, no matter the direction these numbers indicate.

  14. tabula rasa
    Albert Arthur: The Rasmussen national tracking poll makes me nervous. · 1 hour ago

    I keep getting the vapors.

    Also, we won’t get our Gallup update at 1PM Eastern.  The Gallup website says it suspended tracking because of Sandy, so we’re travelling in the dark.

  15. Bruce in Marin
    Albert Arthur: The Rasmussen national tracking poll makes me nervous. · 7 hours ago

    Feel free to dismiss this as whistling past the graveyard, but as I’ve been telling my wife for several months now, Rasmussen being a 3-day tracker shows an odd weekly rhythm.  For some reason, the worst polling day for Republicans is always Sunday, with Friday being only slightly better.  So the 3-day aggregate that comes out on Monday is generally the worst of the week.  By Thursday, the Sunday numbers have been flushed, so Thursday and Friday trackers are usually our best.   Then it all goes slightly south again on Saturday when the Friday numbers get included.

    It’s not an absolute rule, there’s the usual volatility that any poll will display, but that’s the way it works most of the time.

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