Friday, July 18

OUTLYING PRECINCTS

Political Wire For a long time, pollster have wondered whether the increased use of cell phones over the last decade is skewing polling results and making them less reliable. A new Pew Research poll finds that Sen. Barack Obama holds a 48% to 40% lead over Sen. John McCain in their national sample that includes cell phones, and a 46% to 41% advantage in the landline sample. Furthermore, when the results are narrowed "to voters who are certain about their vote choice, there is almost no difference between the landline and combined samples: Obama has a 38%-28% advantage in the combined sample, while the margin is 38%-30% in the landline sample."