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Saturday, September 04, 2004

Mainstream media decidedly undecided about undecideds

In Saturday's WaPo:  "Speech Fails to Sway These Undecideds."

In Saturday's LAT:  "Convention Helps Bush Gain Undecided Voters."

Update:  AllahPundit has a bit of gripping photojournalism relating to this news, which I've stolen borrowed humbly republished at my own bandwidth expense here:

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(1) Voice of Reason made the following comment | Sep 4, 2004 9:54:05 AM | Permalink

It's become a fashionable trend lately for a media source to sit down with a tiny handful of allegedly undecided voters and ask them what they thought. The statistical significance of such stunts is zero, and it's not at all surprising that two different sets of anecdotes would contradict.

(2) Beldar made the following comment | Sep 4, 2004 10:09:39 AM | Permalink

Yup yup, Voice, I agree. What's most surprising to me is that LAT didn't spike the story. Patterico must have them spooked, eh? (Well, we can wish.)

(3) BarCodeKing made the following comment | Sep 4, 2004 4:05:01 PM | Permalink

One wonders if that hamster's name is "Imus."

(4) John Rosenberg made the following comment | Sep 4, 2004 7:29:20 PM | Permalink

Here is one of the "undecided" voters interviewed by the Washington Post in the article linked above:

In Las Cruces, N.M., government professor Jose Z. Garcia, 59, said of his dilemma, "Bush lost me when we went into Iraq, and Kerry has never really grabbed me." He thinks come Election Day that he will choose between Democratic challenger John F. Kerry and third-party candidate Ralph Nader.

I wonder how many other "undecided" voters interviewed by WaPo who were not swayed by Bush's acceptance speech were facing the same dilemma?

(5) Dave Sheridan made the following comment | Sep 4, 2004 8:46:30 PM | Permalink

Has it occurred to the WaPo and others that, since the post-convention poll numbers (not to mention the professionally-conducted Luntz undecideds poll) show undecideds have moved, that maybe, just maybe, their little focus group exercise makes them look foolish?
If their interest were in helping us to understand the swing in the polls, it should be possible to find a few voters who represent the trend. Of course that would mess up their message.

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