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(The New York Times)   Nate Silver does a recap of all the polling firms to see how accurate they actually were. CNN? Pretty good. Rasmussen? Pretty bad. Gallup? It might be time to get out of the polling business   (fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com) divider line 76
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2012-11-11 11:12:18 AM  
7 votes:
Not completely related, but I used some of Nate's data to make this. Feel free to post it on FB, or wherever people want to rationalize voter ID laws and all the other shiat the GOP has been doing to suppress voter turnout.

oi45.tinypic.com
2012-11-11 12:12:25 PM  
5 votes:

Doc Daneeka: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

They honestly don't understand the concept of population density?


Show the this. 2012 results with the state sizes adjusted for population

www-personal.umich.edu

From: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/el ection/2012/
2012-11-11 11:09:10 AM  
5 votes:

Weaver95: vygramul: How did Unskewed Polls do?

badly.

that said, the guy who ran unskewed polls admitted he was dead wrong and manned up and apologized to Nate Silver.



And made off to the bank with how much in advertising dollars because the entire right-wing derposphere were clicking on his site 50 times a second?

The guy was a painfully obvious "Tell the conservatives what they want to hear and profit off of that" fraud.

/kinda like Fox News.
2012-11-11 10:26:43 AM  
4 votes:

vygramul: How did Unskewed Polls do?


badly.

that said, the guy who ran unskewed polls admitted he was dead wrong and manned up and apologized to Nate Silver.
2012-11-11 09:36:47 AM  
4 votes:
if he keeps telling it like it is and proving his methodology to be correct, someone is gonna put a hit out on his ass. I admire his dedication to the truth but there are a LOT of people out there who do NOT like it when you call 'em out on their bullshiat. you can't just walk away from those people clean...they'll find you and they will get you.

I hope he's got a REAL good bodyguard.
2012-11-11 12:15:15 PM  
3 votes:

DubyaHater: Overall they're smart people. One is a civil engineer.


I know many engineers, family included. Book smarts don't translate into world smarts. The hoary old joke, usually reserved for professors, is they learned more and more about less and less until eventually knowing everything about nothing.
2012-11-11 12:12:52 PM  
3 votes:

Weaver95: if he keeps telling it like it is and proving his methodology to be correct, someone is gonna put a hit out on his ass. I admire his dedication to the truth but there are a LOT of people out there who do NOT like it when you call 'em out on their bullshiat. you can't just walk away from those people clean...they'll find you and they will get you.

I hope he's got a REAL good bodyguard.


Karl Rove is in more danger than Nate Silver. Nate could a useful tool, specially with his credibility. Karl sold his credibility for all the money he wasted on this election cycle. I haven't seen Nate break a sweat. Karl, on the other hand, lost his marbles on Fox News during election coverage. How much vig can you owe, yet, still keep you alive? Karl is looking like the walking dead.
2012-11-11 11:35:59 AM  
3 votes:
Last time Scott Rasmussen's polling firm did so badly calling a presidential election, he shut it down (Portrait of America) and opened a new one (Rasmussen Reports) in an effort to distance himself from his own failure.

I wonder what he's going to call his new polling firm?
2012-11-11 08:15:54 AM  
3 votes:
He just completely ignores Unskewed's poll.

WTF Nate?
2012-11-11 07:14:03 AM  
3 votes:

Hanky: Gallup should be ashamed. Hooray for valid sampling and normal distributions of multiple polls


It's starting to look like, had he disregarded certain polls, his percentage for an Obama win would likely have been in the high 90s rather than the low 90s.
2012-11-11 12:20:36 AM  
3 votes:
Gallup should be ashamed. Hooray for valid sampling and normal distributions of multiple polls
2012-11-11 01:33:48 PM  
2 votes:

BigBooper: But boiled down to the simplest point, I own an independent health insurance agency. With the reelection of Obama, health care reform may as well be written in stone. I don't see my agency surviving in the long run. So you can say I voted out of self interest, and in part that's true. However, I also don't think anyone but the largest insurance companies will get what they want out of the ACA. It's like wrote the damn thing. After 2014, they will be able to push out independent agents, and smaller companies that actually try to do a good job for consumers.


Out of curiosity (and assuming some form of socialized healthcare has to pass), what changes would you make to better support the transition for businesses like yours?

As a side note, it is incredibly refreshing to hear from someone who voted in the other direction and is actually reasonable.
2012-11-11 01:05:14 PM  
2 votes:
If you enjoy right wing conspiracy theory hysteria over the polls, don't forget about this one:

www.mediamatters.org

Looks like Axelrod might have been onto something. Hysteria coverage courtesy of MediaMatters: http://mm4a.org/Ot6sZc
2012-11-11 12:27:20 PM  
2 votes:

herrDrFarkenstein: I respect the work of 538, but to say that the most innacurate pollsters in your sample population should be discarded reeks of jackbooting thugs.


He didn't say that. He simply said they have had significant error in the past three elections and that smaller, less known firms fared significantly better. Then at the end made a remark that if this continues Google may end up more credible than Gallup. Which is a simple fact when Google's polling was FAR more accurate than Gallup's.
2012-11-11 12:09:16 PM  
2 votes:

BigBooper: CynicalLA: It's just too funny that the Fark Independents ended up confusing their alternate reality polling.

I'm a Fark Independent, and I also respect and trust Nate Silver. I knew when I voted for Romney, that he didn't have a chance.

One of the reasons I'm an Independent and not a Republican is that I believe in math and science. I've been following Nate long enough to know he was reporting facts. And despite the fact that those facts didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, they were the truth. I live in Wisconsin, and I remember just a few months ago Nate gave an edge to Governor Walker in the recall. At that time, there were those on the left that were coming up with various reasons that Nate was wrong. Of course I don't remember anyone attacking Nate on a personal level. The lesson that everyone can learn from this is that it's easy to listen to those who tell you what you want to hear. But a good leader has to have the wisdom to look beyond what he or she wants to hear, and see things as they truly are. The fact that Romney was blindsided by the elections outcome shows that he may not have been the best choice to lead our country.


You give me hope.
2012-11-11 12:02:34 PM  
2 votes:

LouDobbsAwaaaay: I got a lot of this from a right-wing friend in the last election (he has since rage-quit our FB friendship, so I don't know how he handled this one, though I expect he didn't take it well). His arguments for the state really counting for republicans were: (1) if you counted the vote based on the total acreage of counties voting R/D, R wins, and (2) public employees shouldn't be allowed to vote because they just vote for the Dem who will give them more freebies. I don't know if he was this stupid back when we were actual friends in college, or if he just descended into madness when he moved to northern WI and got lost in the echo-chamber.


Peel away the layers and you're left with someone who wants only white land-owning males to have the vote.
2012-11-11 11:57:28 AM  
2 votes:

Doc Daneeka: So by that logic, military service members, veterans, and senior citizens shouldn't be allowed to vote either, since they're all on the government dole. Right?


This is the kind of forced introspection that motivated him to rage-quit his FB friendship with me. He never had any answers to these questions, and finally just got tired of me asking.
2012-11-11 11:53:51 AM  
2 votes:
Whatever. I will still trust my much MANLIER right wing derp wizards, even though they're wrong about everything because they're stupid or deliberately trying to deceive me:

imageshack.us
2012-11-11 11:52:05 AM  
2 votes:
The #1 poll was Investor's Business Daily.

Jesus, that makes me so sad. They have such a BRILLIANT analytic paper for the stock market, yet their editorials are so goddamn batsh*t insane.
2012-11-11 11:49:41 AM  
2 votes:

Doc Daneeka: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

They honestly don't understand the concept of population density?


I would go a step further, how long before they stop being friends? I have found that the deluded GOP people which I have known, become intolerable after enough years. First I had to listen to 8 years of slicky willy, then 8 years of bush, you have to stand behind the president during times of war, then 4 years of obama is destroying america.

Life became so wonderful after unfriending them.
2012-11-11 11:45:44 AM  
2 votes:

DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.


"Rocks, sand, and grains don't vote."
2012-11-11 11:36:50 AM  
2 votes:

Weaver95: vygramul: How did Unskewed Polls do?

badly.

that said, the guy who ran unskewed polls admitted he was dead wrong and manned up and apologized to Nate Silver.


Not only that, but he said that he ordered a copy of Silver's book and wants to figure out where he went wrong.

Dean Chambers was very very wrong, but he seems sincere. He wasn't knowingly peddling bullshiat, he honestly thought that he was right. Once it turned out not to be so, he admitted that he was wrong and seems to care about correcting his understanding of the polls and getting it right going forward.

I have way more respect for that than a Dick Morris or a Peggy Noonan or a Karl Rove, who have shown no shame or contrition or any sign that they'll do anything but continue to lie and propagandize going forward.
2012-11-11 11:35:22 AM  
2 votes:
I wonder what the REAL results would have been if all the Republican shenanigans hadn't worked. The GOP succeeded in getting the results as close as they were.

Unfortunately some still believe all this cunning could still work next time.

/second post ever
2012-11-11 11:16:02 AM  
2 votes:
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7428291/80617822#c80617822" target="_blank">The Dreaded Rear Admiral</a>:</b> <i>Pretty interesting about how all we heard from the rightwingosphere was "polls r biased against Republicans!!1"... turns out that, on average, polls were actually biased against Democrats.</i>

I think it is a matter of most polls didn't anticipate how effective obama's get out to vote efforts would be. From what I read his was the first campaign to run it as well as they did so it likely didn't show up
2012-11-11 11:15:22 AM  
2 votes:

The Dreaded Rear Admiral: Pretty interesting about how all we heard from the rightwingosphere was "polls r biased against Republicans!!1"... turns out that, on average, polls were actually biased against Democrats.


And the right is never angry at their own sources for lying to them. Repeatedly.
2012-11-11 11:13:31 AM  
2 votes:

BSABSVR: Marcus Aurelius: I'm holding out for Esperanto. You just KNOW he can speak it, the little shiat.

Math estas la skatolo foil tiu thin homosexuals kaj liberals al gardi dio de ilia brainwaves


The fascinating thing about Esperanto is it pretty much preserved everything that was wrong with languages.

Gender...oh fark it...I quit....
2012-11-11 11:13:31 AM  
2 votes:
fta some polling firms may engage in "herding" toward the end of the campaign, changing their methods and assumptions such that their results are more in line with those of other polling firms.

I'm so old...

How old are you?

I'm so old that when I was a kid we called that lying

/laughter
//applause
2012-11-11 08:23:43 AM  
2 votes:

Krymson Tyde: He just completely ignores Unskewed's poll.

WTF Nate?


I think "I'm not even going to dignify that with a response" is a perfectly valid answer to anything regarding unskewed polls.
2012-11-12 03:54:58 AM  
1 votes:

Doc Daneeka: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

They honestly don't understand the concept of population density?


This. As a "liberal" (actually social-democrat) Australian (bizarrely our conservative party is the Liberal Party), I'm not invested in your election but was fascinated to watch it unfold anyway. Even I know that "We the people" is a pretty important phrase in your constitutional affairs. You can explain it without any politics, just simple maths. The "sea of red" would mean a lot if acreage had votes. But it doesn't. The people do, hence "We the people". And the people don't all live in the "sea of red", they substantially live in highly concentrated population centres away from the sea of red. So you can rightly point out "If you don't like our constitution, yer can git out" (heavy Southpark accent on this phrase). Guaranteed to make any right winger shut the fark up.
2012-11-12 01:40:32 AM  
1 votes:
K. Rove said he corrected the polls back to the 2004 dem/repub/indie demographics, on the presumption that 2008 was a one-off, that Obama was simply riding an anti Repub wave, and that 2012 turnout would look like 2004 and not 2008.

Not to mention ignoring changing trends in voter demographics that are independent of political preference.

Similar logic to Unskewed. 

A whooole lotta assumption / potential error / echo chamber / Super PAC waste going on there.
2012-11-12 12:22:52 AM  
1 votes:
Next Nate needs to do an analysis off all the pundit predictions.
2012-11-11 05:01:27 PM  
1 votes:

quatchi: So the one polling group that the allegedly left-biased Nate Silver tossed out as an unreliable outlier was biased towards the Dems by 2.5 pts?


Not quite. It wasn't tossed for being an outlier, it was tossed because of questions regarding their methodology (not their results). Basically, he does a check into each polling firm and he could not get the required information from Pharos in order to satisfy himself they were using proper, scientific methodology and reporting accurate results. A similar case with JZ Analytics except that he had issues with a specific part of their selection process (basically, it was self-selected).
2012-11-11 04:34:13 PM  
1 votes:
Interesting article is interesting.

fta: FiveThirtyEight did not use polls by the firm Pharos Research Group in its analysis, since the details of the polling firm are sketchy and since the principal of the firm, Steven Leuchtman, was unable to answer due-diligence questions when contacted by FiveThirtyEight, such as which call centers he was using to conduct the polls. The firm's polls turned out to be inaccurate, and to have a Democratic bias.

So the one polling group that the allegedly left-biased Nate Silver tossed out as an unreliable outlier was biased towards the Dems by 2.5 pts?

Meanwhile Gallup shiat the bed right up until E-Day with a 7.2 pt bias towards the GOP and were included?

And out of 22 polling outfits used by 538 only 3 were found to biased towards the Dems?

Just wanted to make sure I had all that right.
2012-11-11 03:02:17 PM  
1 votes:

herrDrFarkenstein: I respect the work of 538, but to say that the most innacurate pollsters in your sample population should be discarded reeks of jackbooting thugs.


my understanding of 538 was that it worked on exactly that basis

1. get the results of all the polls
2. look at how reliable each has been in the past
3. take more notice of the ones that have a history of being right

you do the same in real life: if someone offers an opinion and you know in the past they've been wrong (for whatever reason) you take less notice of him than someone who's been right many times

nothing to do with thuggery, everything to do with rationality/science
2012-11-11 02:19:33 PM  
1 votes:

vwarb: BigBooper: But boiled down to the simplest point, I own an independent health insurance agency. With the reelection of Obama, health care reform may as well be written in stone. I don't see my agency surviving in the long run. So you can say I voted out of self interest, and in part that's true. However, I also don't think anyone but the largest insurance companies will get what they want out of the ACA. It's like wrote the damn thing. After 2014, they will be able to push out independent agents, and smaller companies that actually try to do a good job for consumers.

Out of curiosity (and assuming some form of socialized healthcare has to pass), what changes would you make to better support the transition for businesses like yours?

As a side note, it is incredibly refreshing to hear from someone who voted in the other direction and is actually reasonable.


Right now people buy health insurance through me because I help them choose the health plan and company that make the most sense for them. I help them with the application, and then I deal with the insurance company after the sale; claims problems, billing issues, etc. All I ask is that the consumer have a choice. If you want to buy direct, feel free. However, if you want to have me be your advocate, and take care of most of the bullshiat of dealing with the insurance company, then you should have the right to make that choice.
2012-11-11 02:17:04 PM  
1 votes:

James F. Campbell: neenerist: Book smarts don't translate into world smarts.

This is a lie that stupid people console themselves with.

Engineers, however, as a group, are spectacularly stupid compared to, say, academicians in theoretical sciences, English, or philosophy. Engineers and other applied scientists, as a group, are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories or other erroneous beliefs than are academicians in the other fields I just named.


Engineering (especially as a undergrad discipline) involves a lot of "this is basically how it works, don't worry about the actual scientific details" type of teaching. We learn all of the quick tricks, but very few of the true methods.
2012-11-11 02:05:41 PM  
1 votes:

James F. Campbell: neenerist: Book smarts don't translate into world smarts.

This is a lie that stupid people console themselves with.

Engineers, however, as a group, are spectacularly stupid compared to, say, academicians in theoretical sciences, English, or philosophy. Engineers and other applied scientists, as a group, are more likely to believe in conspiracy theories or other erroneous beliefs than are academicians in the other fields I just named.


As an engineer, I'll second this. Every job I've had I've been amazed how many engineers are brilliant in their particular field of engineering, but are completely stupid when it comes to looking at some other field. You'd think problem solving skills and logic would be easy for people to carry over to other applications, but for many it isn't.

Of course, the ones that can apply those skills to other fields are typically very smart and interesting people to talk with.
2012-11-11 01:48:14 PM  
1 votes:

zelachang: In other words, I would be hesitant to make the conclusion that higher voter turnout leads to more D victory, especially since we have the 2008 turnout combined with 2012 voting data. With the p>.05 and the pretty low R2 value I think you need more data before you can definitively say the two are correlated.


Admittedly, that was a lazy effort on my part. Hungover Sunday morning.

What I think would be telling is to look at individual states over a handful of elections. Looking at voter turnout in the state compared with how that translated into R and D numbers. I think tracking individual states, or even districts over several elections would give a much better understanding of how voter turnout actually impacts election results. Of course, then you've got redistricting, changing demographics, different candidates, general voter sentiment, changing economic conditions, changing laws such as Citizens Undermined, etc. Man, that's a lot of work to try to really get a handle on stuff. I knew there was a reason I shied away from stats.
2012-11-11 01:40:00 PM  
1 votes:

BigBooper: Stone Meadow: CynicalLA: BigBooper: The fact that Romney was blindsided by the elections outcome shows that he may not have been the best choice to lead our country.

They definitely need more people like you voting Republican. There is just too much crazy in the party for me to even consider voting for them.

I'm curious why BigBooper voted for Romney in the first place. I voted for Obama in spite of being pissed about the la. GW Bush made me puke blood at times.

But boiled down to the simplest point, I own an independent health insurance agency. With the reelection of Obama, health care reform may as well be written in stone. I don't see my agency surviving in the long run. So you can say I voted out of self interest, and in part that's true. However, I also don't think anyone but the largest insurance companies will get what they want out of the ACA. It's like wrote the damn thing. After 2014, they will be able to push out independent agents, and smaller companies that actually try to do a good job for consumers.


Ye olde Republican Party used to be good for small business. Now they are totally in the tank for big business. Democrats aren't in the tank but are squeezed by its tentacles. We need Teddy Roosevelt
2012-11-11 01:33:32 PM  
1 votes:

BigBooper: Stone Meadow: I'm curious why BigBooper voted for Romney in the first place.


First, I could never call my self a Republican because I can't stand social conservatives; I lean more libertarian. I don't care what your religion is, and I don't care who your farking. (as long as everyone involved is an adult)
Second, I'm a fiscal conservative. GW Bush made me puke blood at times.

You sound like a Blue Dog Democrat, because well, I don't know if you are aware of it, but the Libertarian Party (I know, not the same thing as you being 'libertarian') has been wholly cooped into the GOP, from RON PAUL to Gary Johnson (who bragged before the election that he was looking to steal voters from Obama). In any case, labels aside the only party that walks the walk wrt personal liberties with fiscal conservatism is the DNC GOP smear tactics notwithstanding.

But boiled down to the simplest point, I own an independent health insurance agency. With the reelection of Obama, health care reform may as well be written in stone. I don't see my agency surviving in the long run. So you can say I voted out of self interest, and in part that's true. However, I also don't think anyone but the largest insurance companies will get what they want out of the ACA. It's like wrote the damn thing. After 2014, they will be able to push out independent agents, and smaller companies that actually try to do a good job for consumers.

Yes, I'd say you voted against your own self interest, since Romney and the GOP are all-out corporatists. Romeny's sops to small businesses aside, people like you are just nuisances to big corporations. You aren't big enough to make buying you worthwhile, yet you're big enough to take measurable business away from them.

The Democrats have their own issues with being bought and paid for by big business, but do yourself a favor and vote with your heart. You'll be glad you did.
2012-11-11 01:14:12 PM  
1 votes:

Stone Meadow: CynicalLA: BigBooper: The fact that Romney was blindsided by the elections outcome shows that he may not have been the best choice to lead our country.

They definitely need more people like you voting Republican. There is just too much crazy in the party for me to even consider voting for them.

I'm curious why BigBooper voted for Romney in the first place. I voted for Obama in spite of being pissed about the lack of a public option, and his continuation of the worst parts of the Patriot Act, but was thrilled by his Keynsian stimulus, winding down the wars, and general attitude of inclusiveness. Romney & Ryan promised to drive us into another depression, and their support for the culture wars against immigrants, gays and women were just over the top. They didn't look up to any of the major challenges facing this country, and would have been as shocked when their plans didn't work as they were about being shellacked in the EC.

But enough about why I voted for Obama... ;^)


First, I could never call my self a Republican because I can't stand social conservatives; I lean more libertarian. I don't care what your religion is, and I don't care who your farking. (as long as everyone involved is an adult)
Second, I'm a fiscal conservative. GW Bush made me puke blood at times.

But boiled down to the simplest point, I own an independent health insurance agency. With the reelection of Obama, health care reform may as well be written in stone. I don't see my agency surviving in the long run. So you can say I voted out of self interest, and in part that's true. However, I also don't think anyone but the largest insurance companies will get what they want out of the ACA. It's like wrote the damn thing. After 2014, they will be able to push out independent agents, and smaller companies that actually try to do a good job for consumers.
2012-11-11 01:13:25 PM  
1 votes:

Infernalist: Yall need to be a lot more selective in who you call 'friend'.


Some of these people are our families. I spent the day with my mom yesterday, and she asked how could Ohio vote for Obama when so many counties voted for Romney? To her, the popular vote proved their was voter fraud.

I also got to hear all about Libya, birth certificates, birth control, guns, and uniformed voters. She is convinced that I will eventually go back to being a Republican as long as she keeps trying.
2012-11-11 01:08:35 PM  
1 votes:

CynicalLA: BigBooper: CynicalLA: It's just too funny that the Fark Independents ended up confusing their alternate reality polling.

I'm a Fark Independent, and I also respect and trust Nate Silver. I knew when I voted for Romney, that he didn't have a chance.

One of the reasons I'm an Independent and not a Republican is that I believe in math and science. I've been following Nate long enough to know he was reporting facts. And despite the fact that those facts didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, they were the truth. I live in Wisconsin, and I remember just a few months ago Nate gave an edge to Governor Walker in the recall. At that time, there were those on the left that were coming up with various reasons that Nate was wrong. Of course I don't remember anyone attacking Nate on a personal level. The lesson that everyone can learn from this is that it's easy to listen to those who tell you what you want to hear. But a good leader has to have the wisdom to look beyond what he or she wants to hear, and see things as they truly are. The fact that Romney was blindsided by the elections outcome shows that he may not have been the best choice to lead our country.

They definitely need more people like you voting Republican. There is just too much crazy in the party for me to even consider voting for them.


That is one of the more intelligent posts I have seen from a republican voter.

I'm still in awe that Romney never even thought there was a possibility that he would lose. And Conservatives think Obama is arrogant.
2012-11-11 12:58:00 PM  
1 votes:

neenerist: herrDrFarkenstein: I respect the work of 538, but to say that the most innacurate pollsters in your sample population should be discarded reeks of jackbooting thugs.

Isn't it normal statistical practice to discard outliers ?


Yes, which makes me wonder if Silver didn't retain the outliers to sidestep GOP accusations of bias (in the traditional sense).
2012-11-11 12:43:47 PM  
1 votes:

CynicalLA: BigBooper: The fact that Romney was blindsided by the elections outcome shows that he may not have been the best choice to lead our country.

They definitely need more people like you voting Republican. There is just too much crazy in the party for me to even consider voting for them.


I'm curious why BigBooper voted for Romney in the first place. I voted for Obama in spite of being pissed about the lack of a public option, and his continuation of the worst parts of the Patriot Act, but was thrilled by his Keynsian stimulus, winding down the wars, and general attitude of inclusiveness. Romney & Ryan promised to drive us into another depression, and their support for the culture wars against immigrants, gays and women were just over the top. They didn't look up to any of the major challenges facing this country, and would have been as shocked when their plans didn't work as they were about being shellacked in the EC.

But enough about why I voted for Obama... ;^)
2012-11-11 12:37:54 PM  
1 votes:

DemonEater: Interesting that Gallup's bias was exactly their average error. Take away their bias and hey, they're exactly accurate!

But man, their bias is terrible.


That's not necessarily as meaningful as is sounds. Those numbers being equal just means that all of their errors were in the same direction (favorable to Rebublicans) so none canceled out. Also, the "bias" term that Nate uses is in the statistical sense, he has no way of knowing if they're biased in the more traditional sense of the word. Their results in this election could very well be explained by them sucking at their jobs rather than any actual attempt to give Republican leaning results, afaik.
2012-11-11 12:34:10 PM  
1 votes:

BigBooper: CynicalLA: It's just too funny that the Fark Independents ended up confusing their alternate reality polling.

I'm a Fark Independent, and I also respect and trust Nate Silver. I knew when I voted for Romney, that he didn't have a chance.

One of the reasons I'm an Independent and not a Republican is that I believe in math and science. I've been following Nate long enough to know he was reporting facts. And despite the ay not have been the best choice to lead our country.


This is another reason the polls underestimated Obama. People who have to call themselves "independent" but actually are Republicans and voted for Romney. Who can't call themselves Republicans because Bush and because the party more or less has become the Confederate or at least Dixie party.
2012-11-11 12:22:55 PM  
1 votes:

namatad: Doc Daneeka: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

They honestly don't understand the concept of population density?

I would go a step further, how long before they stop being friends? I have found that the deluded GOP people which I have known, become intolerable after enough years. First I had to listen to 8 years of slicky willy, then 8 years of bush, you have to stand behind the president during times of war, then 4 years of obama is destroying america.

Life became so wonderful after unfriending them.


I pretty much don't talk to anyone anymore unless I absolutely have to.
2012-11-11 12:20:14 PM  
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antidisestablishmentarianism: namatad: PLEASE dont change GOP!! We love you just the way you are!!!

Did you see the Boortz article from earlier this week where he was telling the GOP to give up gay rights, abortion, and a few other things? Last night I caught him basically saying Romney wasn't conservative enough.


Sounds good to me. I'm waiting for the next GOP presidential candidate to demand that Americans wear black uniforms and jackboots at all times. I'm waiting fror the GOP's total popular vote to be lower than the Zionist Socialist Party. I'm waiting until you can say "Who's the Republican candidate this year?" and other people will look at you and say "Who?"
2012-11-11 12:16:22 PM  
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BigBooper: CynicalLA: It's just too funny that the Fark Independents ended up confusing their alternate reality polling.

I'm a Fark Independent, and I also respect and trust Nate Silver. I knew when I voted for Romney, that he didn't have a chance.

One of the reasons I'm an Independent and not a Republican is that I believe in math and science. I've been following Nate long enough to know he was reporting facts. And despite the fact that those facts didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, they were the truth. I live in Wisconsin, and I remember just a few months ago Nate gave an edge to Governor Walker in the recall. At that time, there were those on the left that were coming up with various reasons that Nate was wrong. Of course I don't remember anyone attacking Nate on a personal level. The lesson that everyone can learn from this is that it's easy to listen to those who tell you what you want to hear. But a good leader has to have the wisdom to look beyond what he or she wants to hear, and see things as they truly are. The fact that Romney was blindsided by the elections outcome shows that he may not have been the best choice to lead our country.


They definitely need more people like you voting Republican. There is just too much crazy in the party for me to even consider voting for them.
2012-11-11 12:04:55 PM  
1 votes:

CynicalLA: It's just too funny that the Fark Independents ended up confusing their alternate reality polling.


I'm a Fark Independent, and I also respect and trust Nate Silver. I knew when I voted for Romney, that he didn't have a chance.

One of the reasons I'm an Independent and not a Republican is that I believe in math and science. I've been following Nate long enough to know he was reporting facts. And despite the fact that those facts didn't tell me what I wanted to hear, they were the truth. I live in Wisconsin, and I remember just a few months ago Nate gave an edge to Governor Walker in the recall. At that time, there were those on the left that were coming up with various reasons that Nate was wrong. Of course I don't remember anyone attacking Nate on a personal level. The lesson that everyone can learn from this is that it's easy to listen to those who tell you what you want to hear. But a good leader has to have the wisdom to look beyond what he or she wants to hear, and see things as they truly are. The fact that Romney was blindsided by the elections outcome shows that he may not have been the best choice to lead our country.
2012-11-11 12:00:12 PM  
1 votes:

Britney Spear's Speculum: Derpublican hacks on Fixed News Fair and Benghazi were right! The polls aren't accurate


It was REALLY cute how faux has been complaining about how unfair it was the Benghazi didnt get the proper true story reported!!!

NO ONE PAID ATTENTION TO US!

/The best PART, given the quality of fauxnews, when they finally get a story right, we will never know.
2012-11-11 11:56:06 AM  
1 votes:

Doc Daneeka: LouDobbsAwaaaay: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

I got a lot of this from a right-wing friend in the last election (he has since rage-quit our FB friendship, so I don't know how he handled this one, though I expect he didn't take it well). His arguments for the state really counting for republicans were: (1) if you counted the vote based on the total acreage of counties voting R/D, R wins, and (2) public employees shouldn't be allowed to vote because they just vote for the Dem who will give them more freebies. I don't know if he was this stupid back when we were actual friends in college, or if he just descended into madness when he moved to northern WI and got lost in the echo-chamber.

So by that logic, military service members, veterans, and senior citizens shouldn't be allowed to vote either, since they're all on the government dole. Right?


Don't forget any employee of a business that takes a gov. contract, tax break for companies, property tax variance etc. etc.
2012-11-11 11:55:14 AM  
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NewportBarGuy: The #1 poll was Investor's Business Daily.

Jesus, that makes me so sad. They have such a BRILLIANT analytic paper for the stock market, yet their editorials are so goddamn batsh*t insane.


Google Surveys turned out to be one of the most accurate as well.

Which is funny, because I distinctly remember tenpoundsofderp on here a couple weeks ago saying that the Google polling should be ignored since it wasn't legitimate or reliable.
2012-11-11 11:54:27 AM  
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Gwyrddu: LouDobbsAwaaaay: (2) public employees shouldn't be allowed to vote because they just vote for the Dem who will give them more freebies.

However stupid that argument may be, I'm not even too sure that would change the election results much actually. Military personnel largely vote Republican, are public employees and the military happens to be the largest employer out there.


Just a minor correction here: Military 'officers' are largely Republican. Military grunts and non-officer rankings tend to be a mix, Democratic, or apolitical(the best choice for military men, I believe).
2012-11-11 11:54:07 AM  
1 votes:

Doc Daneeka: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

They honestly don't understand the concept of population density?


12349876: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

So they're population density deniers?


Overall they're smart people. One is a civil engineer. His excuse is "there is no mandate because of all the red. The democratic message is not the will of the people. The electoral college is irrelevant". It's sad to watch an intelligent mind melt into blubber.
2012-11-11 11:52:53 AM  
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LouDobbsAwaaaay: (2) public employees shouldn't be allowed to vote because they just vote for the Dem who will give them more freebies.


However stupid that argument may be, I'm not even too sure that would change the election results much actually. Military personnel largely vote Republican, are public employees and the military happens to be the largest employer out there.
2012-11-11 11:52:41 AM  
1 votes:

DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.


I did the research for you. Obama took the 14 most densely populated states. Romney took 9 out of 11 least densely populated.
2012-11-11 11:52:26 AM  
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LouDobbsAwaaaay: DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.

I got a lot of this from a right-wing friend in the last election (he has since rage-quit our FB friendship, so I don't know how he handled this one, though I expect he didn't take it well). His arguments for the state really counting for republicans were: (1) if you counted the vote based on the total acreage of counties voting R/D, R wins, and (2) public employees shouldn't be allowed to vote because they just vote for the Dem who will give them more freebies. I don't know if he was this stupid back when we were actual friends in college, or if he just descended into madness when he moved to northern WI and got lost in the echo-chamber.


So by that logic, military service members, veterans, and senior citizens shouldn't be allowed to vote either, since they're all on the government dole. Right?
2012-11-11 11:49:26 AM  
1 votes:

antidisestablishmentarianism: Did you see the Boortz article from earlier this week where he was telling the GOP to give up gay rights, abortion, and a few other things? Last night I caught him basically saying Romney wasn't conservative enough.


Yeah, this one: Link.

I can see where he might advise the party to change its ways while in the throes of post-election despair, and then totally turn around and return to spouting their usual nonsense within days. Those guys all live in the Tea Party bubble...aka the echo-chamber, so instead of learning something rational from their defeat, they'll go more conservatard for '14.

Two years from now they'll lose more House and Senate seats before doubling down again for '16, when they'll not only not win the White House, but they'll lose control of the House. It will be '18 before they start making gains in Congress, and '24 before they stand a realistic chance of taking the White House...and only then if they ditch the Tards.
2012-11-11 11:46:28 AM  
1 votes:

The Dreaded Rear Admiral: Pretty interesting about how all we heard from the rightwingosphere was "polls r biased against Republicans!!1"... turns out that, on average, polls were actually biased against Democrats.


HAHAHAHAHAHAH
THIS THIS MORE THIS and ONLY FARKING THIS

ANYONE who still talks about polls being meaningless or biased in the reverse direction of the actual bias are either: lying, delusional or ignorant.

The best part is that the GOP supporters and leaders alike, will continue to live in their glass bubble. They have been living there too long to move. None of the other neighborhood want them to move next door. They are bad neighbors.

They will continue to do their own poling and trust their own results. They will continue to trust polls which support their world view and distrust everyone else.

Reality ??? HAHAHAHAH
2012-11-11 11:45:51 AM  
1 votes:

DubyaHater: A couple of my right-leaning friends are still having teenage girl-level hissy fits over the election. They're looking at the overall popular vote map and wondering how Obama could possibly win "with that sea of red" in the middle of the country. I don't have the heart to explain it and I'd rather not lose a friend over the election.


So they're population density deniers?
2012-11-11 11:35:03 AM  
1 votes:

StreetlightInTheGhetto: neenerist: vygramul: How did Unskewed Polls do?

Unskewed Polls was neither unskewed or pollsters. They do poll meta-analysis.

Agh, this.

/don't know if you couldcall it "analysis" really but polling it wasn't.


It was actually a rhetorical question. I didn't expect so many people to answer it seriously.
2012-11-11 11:26:22 AM  
1 votes:

Krymson Tyde: He just completely ignores Unskewed's poll.

WTF Nate?


Unskewed polls wasn't actually a poll though, it was a forecast based on polls, just like Nate Silver except without the math.
2012-11-11 11:24:25 AM  
1 votes:

vygramul: How did Unskewed Polls do?


Unskewed Polls was neither unskewed or pollsters. They do poll meta-analysis.
2012-11-11 11:19:16 AM  
1 votes:

Weaver95: I hope he's got a REAL good bodyguard.


Bodyguards are slim protection against an unexplained car or small pane crash.
2012-11-11 11:17:54 AM  
1 votes:
i566.photobucket.com
2012-11-11 11:12:19 AM  
1 votes:
Pretty interesting about how all we heard from the rightwingosphere was "polls r biased against Republicans!!1"... turns out that, on average, polls were actually biased against Democrats.
2012-11-11 11:10:12 AM  
1 votes:

nekom: Krymson Tyde: He just completely ignores Unskewed's poll.

WTF Nate?

I think "I'm not even going to dignify that with a response" is a perfectly valid answer to anything regarding unskewed polls.


Also the fact that it was another poll aggregator and not a poll at all.
2012-11-11 11:10:03 AM  
1 votes:

antidisestablishmentarianism: namatad: PLEASE dont change GOP!! We love you just the way you are!!!

Did you see the Boortz article from earlier this week where he was telling the GOP to give up gay rights, abortion, and a few other things? Last night I caught him basically saying Romney wasn't conservative enough.


It's going to be tough for them to change. They dug themselves into a hole with the whole Tea Party thing. Those people won't accept compromise.
2012-11-11 11:09:53 AM  
1 votes:

antidisestablishmentarianism: namatad: PLEASE dont change GOP!! We love you just the way you are!!!

Did you see the Boortz article from earlier this week where he was telling the GOP to give up gay rights, abortion, and a few other things? Last night I caught him basically saying Romney wasn't conservative enough.


The GOP is honing their Romneyitis so they can mean nothing to anybody.
2012-11-11 10:57:42 AM  
1 votes:

Weaver95: vygramul: How did Unskewed Polls do?

badly.

that said, the guy who ran unskewed polls admitted he was dead wrong and manned up and apologized to Nate Silver.


He even apologized for calling him effeminate.
2012-11-11 10:54:22 AM  
1 votes:

Hanky: Gallup should be ashamed. Hooray for valid sampling and normal distributions of multiple polls


This explains the GOP SHOCK(tm).
Without proper handling of these biases, there would be no way to use the data coming from the polls.
If the GOP cherry-picked which polls they used for their forecasting, or WORSE, their own internal polls with even more biases, this would explain karl roves "confusion."

Garbage in - garbage out. Since when has the GOP been know for not listening to garbage? Been a long time.

Add in the GOPs refusal to have underlings who are allowed to disagree with the people in power and TADA, you get a bunch of sycophants and yes-men. This leads to the environment which we saw for 2008 and 2012.

PLEASE dont change GOP!! We love you just the way you are!!!
Whatever you do, dont poll people who voted against you and ask why.
But if you do a poll, PLEASE use Gallup.
2012-11-11 12:51:35 AM  
1 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: I'm holding out for Esperanto. You just KNOW he can speak it, the little shiat.


Math estas la skatolo foil tiu thin homosexuals kaj liberals al gardi dio de ilia brainwaves
2012-11-11 12:36:52 AM  
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BSABSVR: I refuse to take him seriously while he remains thin and refuses to speak in basso profundo


I'm holding out for Esperanto. You just KNOW he can speak it, the little shiat.
2012-11-11 12:23:15 AM  
1 votes:
I'm an idiot. I see PPP now.
 
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