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Comments on the LA Times poll

Mickey Kause at Slate has some useful comments questioning the recent LA Times poll on Bustamante and the recall I referenced below. Two main points he notes: The poll was conducted during the Prop 13 flap (that seems like a long time ago) and before Arnold rolled out his ads and before his press conference. And, the Poll hides (or misleads the reader) regarding the potentially large turnout of voters in favor of Arnold. Look at the whole thing, it’s brief. Also read Daniel Weintraub’s comments on the poll. Veryb thoughtful and much longer. The crux of the matter is this, in my opinion: Davis will lose, Arnold is ahead, and will win it because he will be the only candidate who will move voters to come out and vote; especially younger voters who normally don’t. If the Democrats (including Davis) want to take heart from such polls, fine. Let them misunderstand by thinking that this poll is the father of good news.

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