McCain’s Debate Win

by Mike on September 27, 2008

in Election 2008,Politics

Focus groups are a double edged sword. On the one hand, focus groups are more useful than properly-conducted polls because they allow us to explore the reasons behind people’s thoughts in greater depth than a properly-conducted poll does. On the flip side, the small sample size one gets in a focus groups makes them highly unscientific. Flash polls are also suspect due to the lack of time to analyze the sample.

Much is being made of Frank Luntz’ focus group of undecided voters giving Obama a slight edge in last night’s debate. Having watched the debate with both my McCain cap and objective observer cap, I confidently conclude that Luntz’ focus group are more likely residents of the planet Neptune than residents of the great State of Nevada. For what its worth, focus groups and flash polls of undecideds and independents in Pennsylvania and Washington State thought McCain won.

As one who debates for a living, I agree with surprisingly honest BBC. McCain won.

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Chris September 28, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Very interesting…in Obama’s “oneupsman, I’ve got a bracelet too” moment in Friday’s debate, it has come out that the family of Seargent Ryan David Jopek has asked Obama not to invoke his name, or the fact that he wears the bracelet, on the campaign trail . Way to respect the wishes of the family of a fallen soldier Barack…really classy.


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