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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Cyclone Conservatives: University of Iowa Releases Poll, Credibility Doubted

Excerpted from this post at Cyclone Conservatives

The University of Iowa has released a poll this morning that tracks
Iowans' preferences for the Republican and Democratic races. However,
I'm not sure we should even take these results seriously. Here at Iowa
State, there's not a whole lot of love for the Hawkeyes but that's not
the reason why I'm calling this poll into question. I've taken enough
statistics classes and political science classes to know that any poll
that has such a low sample size should be, at best, looked at very
skeptically. I'm really surprised that an academic institute would
even publish these polling results considering the small sample size
and thereby the very high margin of error. I think it just reduces the
credibility of anything else they produce.

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