Are Presidential Polls a Reliable Resource for Voting?

With the margins changing from hour-to-hour, day-to-day and from state-to-state, will pre-election polls affect the way you vote?

Are you tracking the polls? With changes in percentages and leads from day-to-day, it's hard to keep up with the significance of the numbers game.

According to Examiner.com the Oct. 11 Gallup Poll showed President Obama’s national approval rating at 50%. Should be an easy win, right? That same poll, however, reflected a Romney lead of 1% (48% to 47%) among likely voters in Ohio, but President Obama ahead by 2% (48% to 46%) among registered voters. 

On the morning of Oct. 11, Rasmussen Reports showed President Obama lead of 1% (48% to 47%) over Romney. After the Vice Presidential debate, Rasmussen Reports released its daily presidential poll numbers, which show Mitt Romney with support from 48% of voters, and President Obama at 47%. According to the poll, an additional 2% of voters prefer another candidate and 3% are still undecided. Also according to Rasmussen, Romney has a 2% lead in Virginia and 1% in their swing state tracking, while President Obama holds a pretty large lead at 52% vs. Romney’s 45% in Michigan.

If we were ONLY looking at one or even two of the polls, the candidates could definitely see where the work needs to be done to be elected and we could predict the outcome of the November 6 election.

But wait…there’s more. Local polls reflect a big gap between some of the nationally ranked pollsters and local efforts. For example, there’s a big difference in the Rasmussen numbers for Florida, which show Romney with a full 4% lead (51% to President Obama’s 47%), and what one of the local polls is reporting: Romney with a substantial 7% lead in Florida!


Polling is usually performed among registered voters and likely voters. The difference with these two cross sections largely lies in who has voted in recent primaries and elections as opposed to those who are registered, but do not have a history of voting. Questions asked by pollsters are designed for the candidates to better understand where their strengths and weaknesses lie. The significance being that a poll can reflect true intentions of voters or be manipulated by the questions asked of those who are polled. For more information on the significance of polling, you can check out this link to “Five Myths About Political Polls.

It’s going to continue to be a tight race, right up until Nov. 6; the swing states will still have a significant impact on who will serve our country as President for the next four years.

Will you be watching the polls? Do they and will they make a difference in your vote?

Eye opener October 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM
This is all really gay romney a president hah !!! We need a clean start and romneys dirtier than the bush family were all screwed either way yay lets elect a morman come on people its no different than a muslim none of your votes matter open yer god damn eyes America were not sheep
Simple man October 14, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Understand the religion has nothing to do with being a president, you are blinded by the media and are following Obama just like everyone else you need to wake up my friend. Obama made you believe that it was all bushes fault but it wasn't. Obama has risen the debt by 6 trillion (rose another trillion i believe) and your still saying we need to wake up? Good luck in the future...
Nando October 15, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Amen simple man...eye opener you really need to open your eyes and don't shut them.. Simple man is right on the money from what he's saying! Don't get brained washed and fall into the trap of what OBAMA is saying...We cannot afford another 4 years of Obama!!! No no no...
MSALLE October 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Obama left 4 brave Americans behind in bengzhi, has not been truthful yet. It does not take but a minute to smell lies and coverup. Such dishonor brought upon the "Commandar in Chief" WE the American people deserve better. 4 years is enough to see that things are not better, I have lost HOPE and want a CHANGE!


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