Unreliability of Polls Acknowledged

The unreliability of polls is acknowledged by more people with each passing day.  A case in point is a Chicago Tribune article by Art and Art History Professor, Eddie Chambers.  Here are a few of his comments:

“What we witnessed on the night of the [2016 presidential] election was a lesson in the unreliability of polls“,

“the media seemed . . . intent on peddling the quack science of polling

For more information about the extent of the acknowledgement of the unreliability of polls, see my book, The Problem with Survey Research.

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George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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2 Responses to Unreliability of Polls Acknowledged

  1. John Beam says:

    Just watched Meet the Press on Sunday Jan 1st with Chuck Todd. He had a piece on how wrong the data was in 2016, most notably the polls for the election. He made the reference that polls are data. Then he went on about how the Cleveland Cavaliers upset the Warriors. Chuck Todd is clearly confused about what is data and what is someone’s opinion or prediction. Polls and Odds are not data they are opinions. No wonder the creditability of the press is at a all time low with this type of reporting. Polls are not data, they are asking people their opinion.

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