The world according to Zogby
It's no secret what I think of Zogby polls. Ask President Kerry about them.
But, for the record, Governor Jim Doyle leads Congressman Mark Green 49.4%-45.7% in a new Zogby/Wall Street Journal poll.
No poll in the world can give you accurate numbers with tenths of a per cent; that is a joke. Any pollster who claims that kind of precision is a fraud. Zogby says its margin of error is plus/minus 3.5%, and in truth it is probably much higher, given their use of online respondents. But even using their number, that is a potential swing of 7% from the numbers they report.
Nonetheless, with a 3.5% margin of error, Zogby said Doyle has "lost ground" since their last poll. Doyle led by 6.5% last time and 3.6% now. That's well within the margin of error.
Doyle's under the magic 50%, it's true. But Zogby says Sen. Herb Kohl only has 50.3%, to 35.5% for Robert Gerald Lorge. If you believe that, I'd like to make a small wager on the November election with you.
Meanwhile, Doyle can celebrate that he's only a point behind Kohl, not a bad place to be.
Clearly, this exercise is worthless -- just like the poll.