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Kalamazoo Professor says the most accurate political survey may be a poll of the polls

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Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.
Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.

KALAMAZOO (WKZO)  --  Polls come and polls go. Some are consistently more accurate than others, some are designed to be purposely inaccurate to give a candidate a boost, even if its an artificial one, and lately the polls in the presidential race have shown that Mitt Romney got a bounce after his performance in the first debate.

WMU Poli Sci Professor Peter Wielhouwer says you have to be selective about which polls you believe and then beleive the numbers only after applying a little math.  He suggests you sample the results from various big name national and reputable polls and average them out. He says that has a tendency to balence out the bias in each of them. He says Real Clear Politics has a website that does a good job of averaging polls.

Current polls show that the race has tightened up, but they also show that in the states where early voting is permitted, that President Obama has the early lead.   The only poll that really counts is the one that is totaled up on election day.

 

 

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