Yes – online polls are not polls

Filed in National by on February 2, 2013

I don’t know if the Markell supporter from last week was trying to make a point about online polls, or KWS is still nursing hurt feelings from being smacked down in the Insurance Commissioner primary a few cycles back… but someone made a mockery out of the Denn poll that was up.

Congratulations (I guess) to the anonymous internet genius out there who pulled it off.

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  1. Delaware Dem says:

    It’s my fault really. I left that poll up too long. In the middle of the week it had accurate results, with Denn in the high 50′s.

  2. puck says:

    Is the poll cookie-based? I thought it was IP-based. If it’s IP based it actually takes one person for every vote, unless they know how to change their IP address which is not common knowledge. I have my browser set to clear all cookies every time it is closed.

  3. PainesMe says:

    Puck – there’s about a thousand proxy server sites out there that will redirect your IP address for free. Let’s not make DL out to be Ft. Knox.

  4. Aoine says:

    Yeah, if DL was Fort Knox well the progressives would be printing money and storing it. :-)

  5. mediawatch says:

    DD, I missed seeing the “final” results of the Denn poll, and while I think we can agree that these online surveys are not a statistically accurate sampling, I am wondering whether there’s any analytical basis for your stating that midweek the poll “had accurate results, with Denn in the high 50s.”
    Is “the high 50s” a real measure of Denn’s popularity, or is that vicinity merely where you think it should be or would like it to be?

  6. PainesMe says:

    Another thought occurs – why is this one “payback” and the other one legit? Confirmation bias :)

    Possible that someone is spamming *all* the polls…

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