President Obama continues to hold narrow leads in the national polls (most of the time), and narrow leads in enough battleground states to be the favorite. Events like conventions and debates move the needle, but the majority of the effect of these events is temporary.
We live in the era of permanent campaigns. Elections which used to be contained within the month or year of the actual voting, now form a constant backdrop to the democracy. Alongside the toxic commentary and baseless opinions that dominate cable “news”, voters can see a constant parade of poll results. What we the people aren’t shown, is the question order, context, or full spectrum of questions found in the polls. As with all reporting, it is the information that we don’t see or hear that demonstrate the bias or intent of the source.
Dick Cheney had a hunting accident a few years ago. I know that isn’t news, but the circumstances seem to be repeating themselves; you see the (former) Vice President wasn’t trying to shoot his hunting partner, and he isn’t as incompetent as many would believe. It is easy to loose your bearings in a wooded […]