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By Jeremy Schiffres, Daily and Sunday Freeman, Kingston, N.Y.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fuzzy math?

I've heard of poll results differing, but this is ridiculous.

At a time when Gallup, Rasmussen, Reuters/C-SPAN/Zogby, ABC News/Washington Post, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, CNN, Fox News, Ipsos/McClatchy and Pew Research all have Democrat Barack Obama leading Republican John McCain by anywhere from 5 to 14 percentage points, The Associated Press says its latest poll has Obama leading by only 1 point.

Who, exactly, did AP poll? Ten guys sitting in duck blinds in West Virginia? Five-hundred people at a NASCAR race? The attendees at a National Rifle Association dinner? Sarah Palin's children?

AP generally is a dependable news organization, but its result seems completely out of whack. And it seems even AP itself doubts the data: In a story about the poll, the news service went out of its way to note that most other polls show Obama with a wide lead.



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