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Should tell more about poll design

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Submitted by Bruce Myers (Canada), Feb 18, 2003 at 21:41

The analysis and data presented in your article strikes me as entirely credible. However I do have a nagging concern about what I find to be your unusual description of the poll design ("a national cross-section of 1,000 likely voters"). What is a "likely voter" and how is that determined? Was this a random sampling across age and gender cohorts in each region of the U.S., or were other determinants also brought into play (e.g. education & income levels, declared religious, ethnic or racial affiliations)? Spelling out more completely the poll design would, I feel, render your stated results considerably more skeptic-proof. Keep up your valuable work.
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For what a "likely voter" is, see http://slate.msn.com/id/2104727/.

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