Rasmussen out with dubious poll on Wisconsin political controversy
Nate Silver, the best polling analyst in the business, is RAISING QUESTIONS about the validity of a new Rasmussen poll that purports to show plurality support among American voters for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-union proposal.
Silver argues that the wording and order of the questions in the Rasmussen survey “may have biased the responses.”
He also offers this observation:
Another automated poll by the survey firm We Ask America, which is a subsidiary of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and uses methodology similar to that of Rasmussen Reports, found that a majority of respondents disapprove of Mr. Walker’s budget plan — but it was a survey of Wisconsin residents, not the entire country, as Rasmussen’s was.
Because of the problems with question design, my advice would be simply to disregard the Rasmussen Reports poll, and to view their work with extreme skepticism going forward.