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August 28, 2013


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Off topic, but are you going to be polling New Jersey any time soon? It's been a while since you've polled last, so it would be good to get the most accurate pollster to weigh in on this race. Also, another Virginia poll soon since it is the one other 2013 race. Thanks!


Some odd results in this poll, Mr. Jensen. More 18-29s think that pot should be illegal than those 46-65? Support for SSM lower among 18-29s than among either 30-45 and 46-65? Either you have identified some entirely new cultural trends in this poll or you have picked up an anomalous sampling.

I note that 8% of the respondents report that they voted for someone other than Obama or Romney, an extremely high number for third party Presidential vote. The actual third party vote in 2012 was less than 2.5%. Maybe this is related to some of the seemingly anomalous results.


One other problem with this poll: You are skewing your results on the question about how SSM has impacted the lives of the respondents. By asking first about support/opposition to SSM and then asking about personal impact, you are incentivizing respondents to report a personal impact consistent with their support or opposition. Which is why 53% of the Very Conservative respondents report a negative impact on their own lives but only 9% of Very Liberal respondents report a negative impact.

The personal impact question is an important one, and PPP is the only polling organization to regularly ask that question. It is important that the personal impact question not merely be a recapitulation of the support/opposition question. Please consider asking the personal impact question before you ask about support/opposition. Also, please consider further tweaking the language of the question to make it more clear that you are not asking about whether SSM has an impact on society or the state, but on the respondent's own personal life.

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