Left in full meltdown over Gallup poll; ‘It’s over,’ declares Bob Beckel


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?

Gallup daily tracking poll has Yankees winning tonight.

— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) October 18, 2012

Gallup daily tracking poll says rich people will dress up & try to be funny at Al Smith dinner tonight. Zero % margin of error.

— Roger Simon (@politicoroger) October 18, 2012

Gallup has examined their data and determined Germany won WWII. Rasmussen says it was a “Toss up.”

— mm62 (@markm1962) October 18, 2012

Just for fun I kinda hope Gallup has Romney +10 tomorrow; #sillyseason

— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) October 18, 2012

BREAKING: Gallup says “Phantom Menace” best Star Wars movie

— Eli Braden (@EliBraden) October 18, 2012

Help us, Nate Silver. You’re our only hope!

Nate Silver reminds that 10 days before 2000 election, Gallup had Bush leading Gore by 13 points. nyti.ms/R55FiG]

— Jim Roberts (@nytjim) October 18, 2012

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.

@nytjim gallup is so unreliable it isn’t funny because the people they call are older American with landlines and stuck in the past

— Erin Holbert (@Erin1157) October 18, 2012

If I’m a pollster, the LAST thing I want is @natesilver chewing up my numbers… @gallup

— Goldie Taylor (@goldietaylor) October 18, 2012

Nate Silver: “Gallup Performs Poorly When Out of Consensus” fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/18/gal…?-. Missed both 2008 and 2010 elections.

— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) October 18, 2012

@markos why are people so obsessed w/ gallup?

— jwesich (@jwesich) October 18, 2012

@markos I trust Dailykos over any other site for political info, especially when I want a breakdown of what the polling data means. Thanks!

— Jeanine O’Connor (@Jeanine_OConnor) October 18, 2012

Um, OK. But Democratic consultant Joe Trippi thinks that liberals would be better off not dismissing Gallup’s numbers so quickly.

With today’s Gallup Tracking numbers Romney 52% & Obama 45% — I do not think Gallup is an anomaly. Dems should take it seriously.

— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) October 18, 2012

I don’t believe Romney has the size lead that Gallup’s track shows. Smaller than 7pts. But Dems should treat trend & movement as real.

— Joe Trippi (@JoeTrippi) October 18, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/10/18/left-in-full-meltdown-over-gallup-poll-its-over-declares-bob-beckel-others-in-denial/

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