Thursday, October 28, 2004

Really interesting article from the Washington Post about how pollsters are having a harder time measuring Americans' actual attitudes.

Two converging trends -- the rise of telemarketing and growing time pressures in the home -- have frayed America's nerves and left many people unwilling or downright hostile when it comes to talking to pollsters. But a bigger problem seems to be that people are simply harder to reach. They're working longer, going out more and using call-screening devices when they're home, Krosnick says.

The pollsters suggest that this doesn't really matter because there's no correlation between being overworked and harried and supporting a particular candidate. I'm not so sure. I guess we'll find out next week.

Incidentally, I voted early today so I can go back to the friendly neighboring swing state on Tuesday and schlepp people to the polls. The early voting station was pretty packed. I take this to be a good sign.

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