DATA: The American Research Group has posted two polls about the debate performances yesterday, and Kerry wins in both by at least 10%.
But putting aside the partisans and focusing in on just the independent voters, Kerry won by 16% and 19% in the two polls. Nice.
But even here I suspect there are some freepers (and of course the equivalent on the democratic side) that are just trying to bump the numbers. If you read the methodology of the polls you see that the data are far from empirical.
Both panels are opt-in Internet panels with responses received between 10:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on September 30.
Hrmn, yes, opt-in internet panels. I wouldn't put too much into these polls. We'll just have to wait a few days to find out the real reaction to the debates. I don't see how anyone could have been impressed with Bush's performance.
On a lighter note, while chatting with my friend about Bush's and Kerry's ties (which were the wrong colors, Electoral-Vote points out: blue on Bush, Red on Kerry) I ran across this light and interesting article in the Chicago Sun-Times about the new power pink tie.
Ronald Reagan was famous for his red power tie. George W. Bush usually chooses a blue tie -- the better to offset his eyes.
And John Kerry? He's in the pink. [...]
These days, pink equals power.
"It's the tie of the moment," [says JoAnn Young, trend correspondent for Marshall Field's], and it seems to be so. No less a financial force than Donald Trump has picked pink ties, in hues varying from silvery salmon to fuchsia. Even Bill Clinton showed up for his talk with Oprah Winfrey in a pink tie that coordinated with his hostess.
I've had a pink and blue striped tie for a while. Not because it's the "tie of the moment" but because it looks great on us pale white boys.
(Oh gosh, I forgot to talk about Poland in this post. HOW COULD I FORGET POLAND?)