As most of you are aware, I publish a daily email — Sunburn — about “what’s hot in Florida politics.” I’ve structured the format of Sunburn so that national news related to Florida is at the top of the email. This often involves linking to the latest surveys of Florida voters about the presidential race.
The latest surveys, to be blunt, have not been favorable to Republican Mitt Romney. After two of the worst weeks EVER for a presidential candidate — from his Libya press conference to his “47%” comments — Romney’s standing has sunk in almost all of the latest polls.
Publishing these poll numbers does not constitute partisan activity. It is not my fault that Mitt Romney is running a very bad campaign. It’s my fault that there is analysis about just how bad a campaign Romney is running.
To suggest that publishing this poll number or that poll number is example of some sort of bias is the stuff of tinfoil hats. Polling is scientific. It is, by definition, the exact opposite of opinion.
If you want to talk to me about bias in certain polls or “house effects” found in individual polling outfits, as Mark Blumenthal does so well this morning in the Huffington Post, I am all ears. I studied under Dr. Susan MacManus’ for about five years as she conducted a countless number of polls and surveys, so I know a little something about how to read crosstabs. I’m no Steve Schale, but I believe I can hold my own.
But, to those readers/trolls who think there is some sort of liberal bias inherent in the very nature of polling or that you think that reporting about polls is evidence of some sort of conspiracy to hurt a candidate, I really don’t want you reading SaintPetersBlog or Sunburn anyway.
So, please, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.