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NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« on: April 23, 2014, 10:34:38 AM »
http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/poll-kay-hagan-mark-pryor-mary-landrieu-alison-lundergan-grimes-democrats-southern

DANIEL STRAUSS – APRIL 23, 2014, 9:41 AM EDT2299
A round of new polls conducted by The New York Times and Kaiser Family Foundation have some good (and surprising) news for a handful of Southern Senate Democrats regarded as the most vulnerable in the 2014 election cycle.

The polls, released Wednesday, found Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) leading Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) 46 percent to 36 percent. In Kentucky, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) just barely leads Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) 44 percent to 43 percent, the poll found.

Meanwhile, in North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is neck-and-neck with House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-NC) in a hypothetical matchup with Hagan getting 42 percent while Tillis gets 40 percent.

Lastly, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has a commanding lead over Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and the rest of the field in the Louisiana Senate race. That finding deserves a caveat: Louisiana's primary system is something called a "jungle primary" where there is no Republican or Democratic primary. Instead all candidates run together and if no candidate gets 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates face each other in a runoff election. The poll found Landrieu with 42 percent followed by Cassidy with 18 percent. No other candidate managed to get double digits.

The polls were conducted April 8 to the 15. In Arkansas 1,027 voters were surveyed 857 of which were registered voters. In Kentucky, 1,026 voters were surveyed and 891 were registered voters. In Louisiana, 1,075 were surveyed and 946 were registered voters. In North Carolina 1, 024 were surveyed and 900 were registered voters. The margin of error for each poll was plus or minus 4 percentage points for registered voters.


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Re: NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2014, 10:47:04 AM »
None of these are particularly inconsistent with recent polls (especially McConnell-Grimes), although I would like to know why the Pryor-Cotton race is swinging so widely. Cotton was up a couple of months ago.
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Re: NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2014, 10:52:20 AM »
The New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation Southern States Poll (conducted April 8-15, 2014)
Generally speaking, do you usually consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or what?

                               AR            KY         LA          NC
Republican                  23           28         28           30
Democrat                   29           36         37           34
Independent               38           28         28           31
Don’t know/No answer  10            8           7             5
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Re: NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2014, 10:56:06 AM »
The New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation Southern States Poll (conducted April 8-15, 2014)
Generally speaking, do you usually consider yourself a Republican, a Democrat, an Independent, or what?

                               AR            KY         LA          NC
Republican                  23           28         28           30
Democrat                   29           36         37           34
Independent               38           28         28           31
Don’t know/No answer  10            8           7             5

Not only that look at the MOE....plus or minus 4 percentage points for registered voters....4% is a little high!

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Re: NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2014, 11:36:49 AM »
REGISTERED VOTERS.

Only LIKELY VOTERS will turn out in mid-terms, so these polls are very misleading.
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Re: NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2014, 11:46:31 AM »
REGISTERED VOTERS.

Only LIKELY VOTERS will turn out in mid-terms, so these polls are very misleading.


most polls are misleading, if read too closely; the only poll that matters is the one taken at the ballot box in november

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Re: NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2014, 01:18:17 PM »
Also, keep this in mind:

In LA, those polled voted for Obama over Romney by 3. Romney won LA by 17- 20 point swing.

In NC, those polled voted for Obama over Romney by 7. Romney won NC by 3- 10 point swing.

In AR, those polled voted for Romney over Obama by only 1. Romney won AR by 24- 23 point swing.

In KY, those polled voted for Romney over Obama by only 3. Romney won KY by 23- 20 point swing.
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Re: NYTimes Poll Suprise: Southern Senate Dems In The Lead
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2014, 02:19:52 PM »
Anytime an incumbent polls at under 50 percent, that incumbent is in deep trouble.  Pryor's numbers are the best and he is at 46 percent.  Hagan and Landrieu are in deep doo doo.
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