Just a few weeks ago, liberals mocked conservatives who questioned MSM polls that were  based on samples with implausibly high numbers of Democrats.

One influential polling expert went so far as to compare polling skeptics to 9/11 truthers:

That was before a Pew Research Center poll showed GOP nominee Mitt Romney ahead of President Barack Obama by 4 percentage points among likely voters. Now it is Obama supporters who are crying foul:

The sample in the Pew poll of registered voters was 34R/33D/30I, which seems reasonable.

After screening out respondents who are unlikely to vote, Pew was left with a sample of likely voters that was R+3, according to Chuck Todd. (Update: According to page 14 of this report, the Likely Voter sample was 36R/33D/30I.)

If the sample in the Pew poll is skewed toward Republicans, it probably is not off by much. A month ago, Rasmussen reported a 2-point edge for Republicans in party ID. In Wisconsin’s recall election a few months ago, the partisan breakdown was R+1, according to exit polls. Party ID was tied 35-35 in 2010.

But we’re glad to see liberals acknowledge that polls can be skewed and that it is possible for a sample to over-represent members of one party or the other. Maybe Obama supporters won’t call us insane the next time we question a D+13 sample.

Correction: A previous version of this post described Washington Times columnist Henry D’Andrea as a liberal. We apologize for the error!

  • http://twitter.com/Kramerica3 Cosmo

    Wow! Same people that said there was no poll bias when Obama was up. Amazing!

    • Finrod Felagund

      To liberals, it’s never fair to hold them to the same standards that they hold others to.

  • Mikek

    That Jeff Gauvin guy has been overreacting to polls since February. Anytime Obama up, beginning of landslide, anytime Obama down, (get this) – a media conspiracy against Obama.

  • Pete Futz

    I love it how all the libtards are suddenly polling experts.

  • http://twitter.com/sumojose Nothing2seehere

    They would really crap their pants if you showed them the Colorado University Poll map that gives Romney the win this Sept. Then let them know it hasn’t been wrong since they started modeling it in the 1980 http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/08/22/analysis-election-factors-points-romney-win-university-colorado-study-says

    • Junie3

      Ut Oh I see the IRS looking at their tax returns now.

    • Junie3

      Ut Oh I see the IRS looking at their tax returns now.

  • louisiana_mom

    “Maybe Obama supporters won’t call us insane the next time we question a D+13 sample.
    Don’t hold your breath Twitchy…

  • Zane Henry

    It’s mainly the Dems that live and die by the polls. It’s been said many times before, but true none the less: There is only one poll that counts, and it’s taken on November 6th

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Exactly! I don’t listen to ANY poll except the one that truly decides who will be the next President!

      • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

        Yep. I couldn’t care less what the polls say. And, as a side note, I was polled this weekend. I said Romney. The woman polling me did not record my response.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          What!? She didn’t?

  • Bristel

    Wow, big surprise. Shoq talking about “something wrong”… Ironic.

  • PrincessofSnark

    What a difference a debate makes.

  • http://twitter.com/bloodyhellmate Craig Edwards

    I will still keep trusting Rassmussen, even when Obama was showing he was ahead.

  • CalCon10

    Sooooo…D+8 (bigger than the 2008 D+6 Dem blowout) is realistic. R+1 (reflective of current reality) is partisan favoritism for Romney.

    These people would be funny, if they weren’t so dangerously deluded.

  • News Reporter

    In Minnesota, we are having issues with local television media using false polling from Democrat pollsters. They claim our Amendment vote for One Man One Woman Marriage is even. I read the “Public Policy Polling” details. Democrats were polled 20 points higher. Total ridiculous push poll. But that is what liberal media do nationally and locally. Go to your local tv news online comment section to make your view heard. Do your homework. Cite sources. I embarrass the local media HOURLY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rafael.penariosribero Rafael Eduardo Peña-Rios Riber

    oh i trust the polls, i always knew they would turn 😉

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    It’s only SKEWED when Republicans are oversampled. It’s only FAIR when Democrats are oversampled. If it’s EVENLY sampled but The Right’s candidate is winning, it’s still skewed; if the Left’s candidate is winning, it’s fair. /sarc/

    Don’t try to justify it with logic because logic doesn’t exist to Lefties.

  • kauainaut

    No I’m sure Obama is way ahead. No reason for the Dems to go to the polls on Nov 7th. They have plenty of votes. Remember the great job he did on debate night. 😉

  • kauainaut

    No I’m sure Obama is way ahead. No reason for the Dems to go to the polls on Nov 7th. They have plenty of votes. Remember the great job he did on debate night. 😉

  • http://mysteresmoonbatslayerclub.blogspot.com/ mystere

    Dimwitcrats now play the skewed card. They got their brains skewered.

  • http://mysteresmoonbatslayerclub.blogspot.com/ mystere

    Dimwitcrats now play the skewed card. They got their brains skewered.

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    I haven’t seen our resident poll expert with his patented “lol you righties” routine around in awhile….I’d like to get his take on this reversal.

    Nah, I’m just kidding. I don’t care what an 11-year-old thinks.

    • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

      I know who you’re talking about, and I pegged him at 11, too. Ha!

  • Owen007

    Geez, R+1 isn’t even that statistically important. It’s nothing, especially compared to the skewed polls that oversampled Democrats by double-digits. Perhaps those chumps are just annoyed that this poll suggests that Romney isn’t just getting Independents, but also their fellow Democrats.

  • http://xristosdomini.wordpress.com/ xristosdomini

    Dear twitchy: Obama supporters will call “insane” anything that questions a very specific version of the truth… theirs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/d0nna.ac0sta Donna Acosta

    You have to admire their gutsiness in asking, “How dumb do they think we are?”

  • LIBERALSareRETARDS

    Interesting…the liberals are all crying about this latest PEW showing a Romney lead but they didn’t say anything about the previous one that showed Obama up by 8. Pew was only the 2nd most accurate in 2008.