After a spate of recent polls showing the presidential race in something like a dead heat, liberals were ecstatic to see a poll showing Obama way ahead in Virginia, an important battleground state:

There was a time, not too long ago, when pollsters released their results and no one could question them. But in the age of Twitter, polls’ methodological flaws can be exposed in real time:

That’s right: the WaPo sample was 32D/24R/35I, or D+8.

By comparison, the 2008 Virginia exit poll sample, taken when Obama-mania was at its peak, was 39D/33R/27I, or D+6.

In other words, the Washington Post poll presumes a political environment in Virginia that is more hospitable to Democrats today than in 2008.

Not likely:

Who still thinks this poll should be taken seriously?


Rasmussen poll of Virginia: Obama 49, Romney 48

Gallup: Obama’s post-convention bounce is gone

Rasmussen Colorado poll: Romney 47, Obama 45

Shhh! Top-secret Rasmussen poll shows Romney still up by 2

Erick Erickson says Romney is losing; Rasmussen begs to differ

Ezra Klein: ‘If you look at the numbers, the Romney campaign is in serious trouble’

David Frum: Romney is losing because he doesn’t pander enough

Hat tip: @FigDrewton.