On The Five today, Bob Beckel RE: Gallup poll putting Mitt at 52% , Obama at 45%.. "if the numbers are correct, it (the election) is over.—
Texas Bill (@PMgeezer) October 18, 2012
As Twitchy reported earlier, Gallup dropped a bomb today with its daily poll showing Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama by a 52-45 margin among likely voters. As that post showed, conservatives were thrilled with the latest numbers: no candidate polling over 50 percent this late in the game according to Gallup’s model has lost. Shall we check in with the other side for reactions? Do polls matter now or not?
Help us, Nate Silver. You’re our only hope!
Obama supporters in need of a soothing balm can apply Silver’s latest New York Times blog liberally.
[Gallup’s] results are deeply inconsistent with the results that other polling firms are showing in the presidential race, and the Gallup poll has a history of performing very poorly when that is the case.
With so much data to sort through, it will usually be a counterproductive use of one’s time to get overly attached to the results of any one particular poll.
Um, OK. But Democratic consultant Joe Trippi thinks that liberals would be better off not dismissing Gallup’s numbers so quickly.