[Ads-l] dark poll

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Oct 26 22:15:27 EDT 2016

And Gallup did indeed have Romney slightly ahead in its final poll before
Election Day.


On Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 8:44 PM, Jim Parish <jparish at siue.edu> wrote:

> Laurence Horn wrote:
>> I know there were some Republican-friendly polls that were apparently
>> widely believed at the time that predicted Romney, but I don't recall
>> whether Gallup was among them. There was the famous example (I assume
>> actual and not apocryphal) of polls that predicted a landslide defeat of
>> the Democratic candidate (Truman vs. Dewey? FDR vs. somebody?) that was
>> flawed by having been conducted by telephone at a time when many voters
>> were too poor to have one. But that wasn't a dark poll, just a stupid one.
> The poll you're referring to was by Liberty Magazine in 1936 - FDR vs
> Landon. Truman vs Dewey was 1948, and Dewey led by such a margin in early
> polling that the pollsters stopped polling in, I think, September, and
> missed Truman's big comeback.

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