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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Enough with Senseless Polling

File this one under most meaningless story of the year:
"[i]f an election were held tomorrow, the Conservative Party would likely be delivered a majority government," the pollsters said.

Gee, really? A leaderless Liberal party is slightly less popular than on election day? The Conservatives have gotten a statistically insignificant bump (within the margin of error) after a few weeks in the spotlight? This has to be the very definition of non-news. Who bloody cares? All this shows is that a very small few like to back winners and wish they had done so pre-vote. Like our pal Emerson. If anything, I'm surprised the gap isn't greater at this point.

Quite the interesting post-election hangover period - while we wait for Liberal leadership contenders to announce and for the Conservatives to try their hat at governing. Until then, let's dispense with the meaningless polling, eh?

3 Comments:

Blogger Scott Tribe said...

This story focuses on one particular pollster. If you read SES's poll a few days ago.. its the Conservatives who dropped and the Liberals who took a 1 point lead on them. One of my major beefs with Canadian newspapers and media is they will only report a poll they commission and put it forth as the Gospel, without comparing it to other polls.

5:15 PM  
Blogger The Tiger said...

The party that wins the next election will be the one that brings forth the most compelling vision for the future of the country.

Polls at this point, when an election is likely at least a year off, are meaningless.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Toronto Tory said...

I didn't see any Liberals posting stuff like this when the SES poll came out, which looked better for the Liberals.

8:54 PM  

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