When you crunch the poll numbers you get something to chew on

Let’s just say the poll that the morning newspaper bannered — the one showing Republicans Dean Heller and Adam Laxalt likely to win their races — is a bit squirrelly.

The highlighted results reported by the paper show that among likely voters incumbent Sen. Heller is beating Democrat Jacky Rosen by 47 percent to 41 percent and governor candidate Laxalt is beating Democrat Steve Sisolak by 46 percent to 41 percent, both outside the margin of error.

First, the poll itself, conducted by Reuters and Ipsos polling in conjunction with the University of Virginia Center for Politics, reports that it interviewed 2,001 adults in English — apparently ignoring those potential voters who primarily speak another language — and 1,137 of those were determined to be likely voters. It said 509 of the likely voters were Republicans, 507 Democrats and 77 independents. Stats for those three categories were used throughout the poll, though they add up to only 1,093, not 1,137. What happened to the others is a mystery.

Further, the poll also shows that among all the 2,001 adults polled 50 percent said they were completely certain to vote by Election Day, while among those 1,137 “likely” voters 79 percent said they were completely certain to vote.

Still further, the Nevada Secretary of State data shows 38.3 percent of currently registered active voters are registered as Democrats and 33.5 percent as Republicans and 28.2 percent as some other party or no party. The poll’s likely voter ratio 46.7 percent Republicans, 46.5 percent Democrats and 7.1 percent “independent.” Not exactly a match to the real world to begin with.

Though the ratio of the “likely” voters polled did not match actual registered voters, the poll did report more Republicans were certain to vote than Democrats — 83 percent vs. 76 percent.

While the paper highlighted the likely voter count, the poll itself found that among all adults — 50 percent of whom say they are completely certain to vote — the outcome shows Heller with 34 percent and Rosen with 35 percent, while Laxalt polled 34 percent and Sisolak 35 percent.

It also could be noted that among the underrepresented “independents” in the poll Rosen out polls Heller 48 percent to 19 percent and Sisolak bests Laxalt 38 percent to 31 percent.

The only poll that counts is Election Day. Just ask Hillary Clinton.






7 comments on “When you crunch the poll numbers you get something to chew on

  1. Anonymous says:

    The electoral college won’t thwart the popular vote in Nevada’s races though.

    So there’s that.

    Just ask Hillary Clinton.

  2. The day before the 2016 election Reuters/Ipsos poll said Hillary would win the Electoral College vote by 303 to 270. Said she had 90 percent chance of winning.

  3. Then there is the story on the inside of the paper reporting that so far during early voting, 6,246 more Democrats have voted than Republicans. Want to lay odds on the accuracy of the poll?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I thought you did a very thorough job showing the flaws in the poll Thomas.

    It was the dumb crack about Hillary that was unnecessary since, as I said, the electoral college isn’t involved in this election.

  5. The pollsters got that wrong, too.

  6. Athos says:

    And the busloads of maids are being loaded up to vote pre-election (courtesy of the Unions and Big Employers MGM and Caesars.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “Maids don’t get to vote in Trumps Amerikkka

    Cause, he/we don’t play by no Marquis of Queensberry rules otherwise known as the words of our “beloved founding fathers””

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