Obvious News Is Obvious: Polls That Only Call Landlines May Be Biased
from the you-just-realized-this? dept
I remember, way back during the 2004 election, reading stories about how the rising number of people cutting the cord when it came to their landline phone meant that phone-based surveys were not all that accurate any more. So now, six years later, research has come out saying exactly the same thing. It is true that the number of people who have done away with their landline has increased (now over a quarter of the population has ditched their landlines). Apparently, the study found that landline-only election surveys tend to overcount Republican voters and undercount Democratic ones. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise as, generally speaking, the older generation skews more Republican and are also the least likely to ditch their landlines.