New Poll Shows 58% Of Wisconsin Voters Support Recall
That compares with 47 percent who said in April that he should be recalled.
The growth in support for a recall came, surprisingly, from Republicans. In the spring, only 7 percent of Republicans supported recalling Walker but that grew to 24 percent in the fall.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rasmussen, & Fox
Why does the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the largest paper in the state of Wisconsin, insist on presenting data from Rasmussen as if it were factual? Rasmussen has been widely discredited for using shotty methods of data collection. In particular, the recent poll regarding Wisconsin would not have passed Statistics 101. Continuing to publish bad data from an unreliable source costs the paper credibility. If the paper insists on reporting these polls like they’re newsworthy, it should at least err on the side of full-disclosure and inform readers of the controversy surrounding Rasmussen’s methods and/or present Rasmussen as partisan rather than non-partisan so that readers can get a more realistic sense of how (in)accurate this data is. Either the Journal Sentinel lacks a fundamental understanding of sound surveying methods or it is purposely trying to mislead people and is well on its way to becoming the Fox News version of a newspaper.
Wisconsin deserves better than this.
"Rasmussen Should Probably Just Drop the Pretense that they are Non-Partisan"
I am secretly a nerd for statistics. I am especially in love with fivethirtyeight so I’ve been trying to keep an eye Nate Silver’s reaction to Wisconsin-related polls as of late. Check out his latest post, linked above. Results from Rasmussen’s recent poll should be disregarded and… Nate Silver straight up wrote that their work should be viewed with “extreme skepticism going forward.” Oh, snap.