Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Actually, yes

You can see why this is a big deal for the cousins over at the Daily Caller:

After a year of seeing President Obama’s approval ratings plummet, the president’s pollster is offering a strikingly candid and pessimistic New Year’s resolution.

Reporters should go the next “year without reporting any public polling data,” Joel Benenson, president and CEO of Benenson Strategy Group, said.


Well, sort of. He was responding to a request for resolutions from Politico's Playboook, and that's a fragment of his suggestion "for Playbookers." So although it's not in any meaningful sense a resolution "for reporters," more than a few reporters might want to consider paying attention to it -- for example, Alex Pappas, or any other political authority who uses "Real Clear Politics" and "average" in the same sentence. In short, if you don't understand how surveys are done, or how public opinion works, it might be a really good idea to take a year off and -- you know, shut up.

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