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July 3, 2010 | James Rainey
Virtually every single American supports the Arizona crackdown on illegal aliens. Half of the country believes President Obama's immigration policy exposes him as "the most divisive, partisan, anti-American president in history." These fun factoids come to us courtesy of the world of online insta-polls. Click in your vote. Press on results. And voila — since you're likely visiting a site patronized by your ideological doppelgangers — your world-view reigns supreme! These Internet surveys sometimes acknowledge how unscientific (read: meaningless)
February 25, 1988
In regard to your editorial "Order at the Polls" (Feb. 9), it seems to me that HR 435, which you call the "best idea," is more complicated than necessary, especially in requiring a change in daylight-saving time every four years in the Pacific time zone. It is also unfair to the people who live in the mountain time zone. The simplest way to insure that results of the election in the eastern time zones are not prematurely published is to allow the polls in all states to close at their regular times, but to forbid the publication or disclosure of results of any precinct before 8 p.m. Pacific time.
February 16, 2007
Re "The truth about us" and "Confessions of an ex-pollster," Current, Feb. 11 Editors and historians who believe in "scientific" polls should ask themselves (and perhaps 20 friends) if in the last 20 years they chose to "only stay on the phone 15, 20, maybe 25 minutes" for a pollster. Most people we know have never participated in a Gallup, Roper or any other poll, nor have their TV watching habits been monitored. What the Op-Ed page needs is an honest account of how small-sample statistics theory and deliberately skewed sampling have undermined the usefulness of proper polling practice.
October 31, 1998
Your Oct. 27 editorial, "Reform Can Boost Voting," stimulated me to come up with an idea that I think might quickly and easily boost voting turnout to the levels enjoyed by many foreign nations. What about declaring some present holiday such as Columbus Day as election day, and make it a legal but conditional national holiday. Voters being paid for this holiday would be conditional on voters furnishing employers with the receipt card given at the polls. No re- ceipt--and you would be docked a day's pay. For those who are retired--if they don't show up at the polls to vote, the Social Security Administration would be notified, and they would be docked for 1/30th of their pension payment.
April 17, 1991 | Compiled by: Robert Shogan
Polls of voters since the Persian Gulf War show soaring ratings for President Bush, and are prompting predictions that his reelection is inevitable. But a look back at some previouselections shows that such early views may prove myopic. As Democratic strategists and independent opinion analysts point out, a poll is only a snapshot in political time. With 18 months to go until Election Day, here is how things are shaping up for Bush.
May 21, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Voters Tuesday trickled into St. Paul's Presbysterian church in South L.A. to cast their ballots after a torrent of campaign advertisements and  record-breaking spending in the race for mayor of Los Angeles.  Many arrived with firm opinions and researched notes in hand. Beverly Galloway, 72, of Baldwin Vista said she voted for Wendy Greuel. "I felt that she was honest, a leader that can't be dictated to,” Galloway said. “I watched the debates, and I was impressed. " PHOTOS: L.A. voters head to the polls Forrest Jackson, 68, of Baldwin Hills, also said he voted for Wendy Greuel.
September 16, 1998
Re "Task of Gauging Punishment Begins," Sept. 15: I was disturbed by this article regarding President Clinton's fate. The article suggested that congressmen would decide what to do based more on the polls than on the evidence contained in the Starr report and the White House rebuttal. This would be wrong--possibly the worst thing the members of the House could do. Last I checked, we didn't decide important national questions by resorting to the bread and circuses of daily polls. Whether the president has committed an impeachable offense or not, the duty of the members of the House and Senate is to make their decision based solely on the evidence before them.
August 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The government is stripping Russia's best-known polling agency of its independence, depriving journalists, scholars and politicians of objective information on public opinion, the organization's director said. In a few weeks, the Russian Center for Public Opinion and Market Research will have a new board of directors, said Yuri Levada, the chief of the agency. The government said the changes were routine.
June 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After Apple unveiled the new look of its iOS 7 mobile operating system earlier this month, many in the design world criticized the platform. But a series of online polls this week show many users like the icons featured in the upcoming operating system more than those in iOS 6. The polling service Polar is hosting a series of polls comparing icons on iOS 6 with their iOS 7 counterparts. In most of the polls, users are choosing the new operating system, and when votes from all of the polls are added up together, more go for iOS 7. Out of the 289,000 votes cast so far, 66% favor iOS 7 icons, according to Polar.
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