When you don’t like the message, kill the messenger. That’s the Rushpubliscum way. They’ve been crying about a “librul media” that has been nothing of the sort for 30 years, because that media occasionally (and they really DO try to avoid doing it) has to report something unfavorable about the Rushpubliscum Party.
Given the Rushpubliscum hostility to the truth, and their steadfast, paranoid accusations regarding dirty libruls, we should have expected that they’d start insisting that polling that all favors the Obama ticket must be some kind of dirty librul plot. And indeed, that is EXACTLY what they’re doing.
It has become a recurring refrain among some Republican pundits and observers each time a new poll shows President Obama or downballot Democrats doing well: Check the party composition.
Critics allege that pollsters are interviewing too many Democrats — and too few Republicans or independents — and artificially inflating the Democratic candidates’ performance. Pollsters counter that the results they are finding reflect slight changes in public sentiment — and, moreover, adjusting their polls to match arbitrary party-identification targets would be unscientific.
Unlike race, gender or age, all demographic traits for which pollsters weight their samples, party identification is considered an attitude that pollsters say they should be measuring. When party identification numbers change, it’s an indication of deeper political change that a poll can spot.
“If a pollster weights by party ID, they are substituting their own judgment as to what the electorate is going to look like. It’s not scientific,” said Doug Schwartz, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which doesn’t weight its surveys by party identification.
The Rushpubliscums love Assmussen because he obviously DOES weight polls by party affiliation. So he missed one election result by 60%. Can everyone be perfect?
No, they can’t. But Rushpubliscums aren’t interested in perfection, or even honesty. Rushpubliscums have managed to beat the MSM into subservience, and they won’t be satisfied until they can get every pollster to push their lines too.