We've lost that polling feeling
On this Valentine's Day, we've received the gift of several stories, which should dim our ardour for polls. Two stories from Joan Bryden at Canadian Press, here and here, should make us pause before we ever breathlessly report a poll again. Then Alice Funke at Pundits' Guide puts it all in her (supremely informed) context.
To all this, I would also urge a look at this much-circulated blog post from a person well-known to me (as they say.)
What's important about Joan Bryden's stories is that it's the pollsters themselves putting warning labels on their products. We are being told, as if we didn't know already, that poll results are not the same as public opinion. Will it make a difference to how we're reporting them? I hope so.