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Ellis defends WHAS11/CJ poll as a measure of voter anger

Ellis defends WHAS11/CJ poll as a measure of voter anger

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 13, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Writing about the volatility of the American electorate, CNHI's Ronnie Ellis takes up for the WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll and pollster Survey USA, saying "over the past decade, it has been the most accurate poll in Kentucky."

Democrats Jack Conway and John Yarmuth have both criticized the most recent  WHAS11/Courier-Journal Bluegrass Polls which they say oversamples Republicans and undersamples Democrats.  An "enthusiasm gap" is cited for the variance: 

 I can’t explain the polls, but I’m sure voters generally are in a nastier mood than I can ever recall. It’s more anti-incumbent than it is anti-Democrat, but there are more Democratic incumbents. Backing up the notion voters are eyeing incumbents more than party affiliation are poll results which show only 33 percent of voters have a favorable view of Democrats in Congress but Republicans fare a point worse at 32 percent. In Kentucky, the mood may be more anti-Obama than anything else and that isn’t good for Conway or any other Democrat on this year’s ballot.

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