Polling, especially political polling, isn’t exactly in vogue these days in the aftermath of a presidential election in which surveys of every type and description couldn’t identify the true groundswell of support for President-elect Donald Trump.
The prevailing theory behind that failure? Supporting Trump wasn’t always socially acceptable, so respondents in those polls were sometimes reluctant to admit their preference,
That may be true — it’s as good an explanation as any — but it was also a unique circumstance, given the unprecedented nature of Trump’s candidacy. Expect anyone trailing in polls for the foreseeable future to cite the Trump experience as reason not to lose hope. But we certainly wouldn’t suggest a sudden reflexive distrust of polls. Truth is, polls are pretty accurate on the whole.
Of course sometimes a question doesn’t even need to be asked to know the answer. Consider a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll which found that New Jerseyans are exceedingly dissatisfied with both major political parties.
Really? We also hear a majority of voters believe corruption is a bad thing, but that’s just a guess.
The numbers say nearly 50 percent of New Jerseyans find Republicans highly unappealing — or as this…