In an earlier post, we examined why national primary polls are much less helpful than polls of individual states. A recent national primary poll done by Rasmussen illustrates another big problem with national primary polls: The decision of which candidates to include has a big influence on the results.
Most national primary polls have shown Huckabee, Romney, and Trump with good numbers; Palin and Gingrich follow. Rasmussen's experiment was to see what happened when all of these names except Romney were excluded, and some other candidates were included. Participants also had the option of choosing "some other candidate" or "not sure." These were the results:
Some other candidate 6%
Not sure 12%
The poll is enlightening for two reasons. ....Elephant Watcher: Rasmussen Poll Experiment Yields Interesting Results
Posted By Tax Nomo to RightWire at 5/03/2011 04:53:00 PM