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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

John Deeth Blog: None Of The Above Leading GOP, Kinda Sorta

Excerpted from this post at John Deeth Blog

We've been hearing that no one is ahead in the GOP presidential race,
and now there's proof: No One actually is ahead. No one as in "None of
the above," according to this week's AP/Ipsos poll. Specifically, that
breaks out as other 2, none 8, and don't know 15. Does this mean
Republicans prefer a blank line on the ballot next to the Democratic
nominee next November? Probably not, but Nevada actually offers "none
of the above" as a cop-out, I mean option, on every ballot. Well, sort
of -- it's non-binding. Conservative blogger Lew Rockwell dismisses
the AP poll: "What would it have been if Ron Paul hadn't been
excluded?" Depends, Lew. If it had been a scientific random sample,
Paul would have likely been at one or two percent, as he's been in
most such polls. If it had been on line, he'd probably be around 55%
like Cyclone Conservative's latest monthly poll. Scientific polls
measure raw numbers of support, rather than intensity. Paul's
supporters appear to be few but intense, and disproportionately
represented in Internet culture. Or, as Reason puts it, Ron Paul is
this year's Snakes On A Plane.


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