Tuesday, January 08, 2008

# Posted 4:59 PM by Ariel David Adesnik  

THREE CHEEHRS FOR REAL CLEAR POLITICS: At least twice a day for the past three months, I have visited RealClearPolitics to check out the latest polls. I first met Tom Bevan, one of RCPs founders at the GOP convention in 2004. He was a great guy to talk to and I liked his work. So now I think that Tom's success with RCP is fantastic.

But more than just the success story of a friend and colleague, I think RCP has made a significant contribution to how the media understands opinion polls. Almost every major media outlet provides prominent coverage exclusively to the polls that it commissions. Private polling firms only talk about the polls they conduct. That serves the electorate poorly, because it is only by looking at the full array of polls that one gets the best information. Thanks to RCP, that kind of broad perspective is now available at the click of a button.

And the RCP approach is making head way in the media. On FoxNews, almost every poll chart they put up displays the RCP average for the primary in question. Good for them. I hope the rest of the crowd makes the same decision or develops their own poll indexes so that voters get what they deserve.


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