Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Coming up...

We're going to have new polls in Ohio and Virginia over the weekend. They went in the field tonight, and they're looking good. I think the tightening in Florida is the exception rather than the rule.

Other than North Carolina at the start of next week that'll be it for state polls until next Friday, when we'll release our first wave of final polls. We'll release a second, larger batch the day before the election.

For the most part we know where we're going to be polling, but we need to decide the final two states, and we're going to let you decide. There are four states in the running for the last two slots, a pair of western states and a pair of eastern states. We'll pick one from each of those categories to poll based on your votes.

First up are the western states. Your choices are:

-Washington. Obama is obviously going to win this state but it's worth polling for what may be the tightest Governor's race in the country, the rematch of the 2004 contest between Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi.

-Montana. The down ballot stuff here isn't very interesting but some polling has shown it competitive in the Presidential race and Obama has been a constant presence in the state.

The poll is at the top of the page and voting will be open until noon Thursday. Later that day I'll put up the choices for the final eastern poll.

17 comments:

Sreenu said...

Could you do North Dakota instead of Oregon?

Tom Jensen said...

We're doing Oregon for the Senate race.

Sreenu said...

I get it. Thanks :-)

Anonymous said...

You guys have to do Washington! That gov race is hot! the last two polls showed a 48-48 tie and a 48-47 Dem lead with a 4.5% MOE. You guys GOTTA do washington!

unertl said...

I wish North Dakota were an option because three recent polls have shown it either tied or with a small Obama lead, but since it isn't I voted for Washington.

unertl said...

Actually you know what, I change my mind. Ron Paul is on the ballot for the Constitution Party and I'm pretty sure none of the polls have had him as an option. Recent polls give McCain a 4-5 pt lead but I wonder if Ron Paul's presence might shake it up.

Fovezer said...

I vote Montana. Not much polling has come out, and the last poll on 10/16 by R2K had a only a 4 point McCain lead. Would be interesting to see more results from the state.

As a side note, I think it is great that you guys are willing to ask the public which polls we want to see. One of the few, if not only, pollster willing to do so.

Al Rodgers said...

I wanna poll Heidi Klum.

Anonymous said...

I'd love to see Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota done. Montana was close a few days ago, ND was actually polling for Obama and SD hasn't been polled in over a month.

Anonymous said...

Any chance that you could poll a lot of the Southern races before the election? States like SC,GA,MS,and LA need a poll by someone who knows the area, especially for the Senate races there.

Anonymous said...

actually sd was polled yesterday by R2k and it showed McCain with a lead in the single digits.

Seattle said...

I had orginally picked Montana, until I read this posting and realized that you were also surveying the WA guv race. I don't know if that's clear--but that's MUCH more compelling than the MT prez race.

Seattle said...

PS on the South Dakota one, here's a link:

http://www.argusleader.com/article/20081021/UPDATES/81021078

McCain 48
Obama 41

Bob X said...

If you do Montana, I am most curious about what the Ron Paul share really is. I hear anecdotally that his lawn signs are everywhere, but like with his swarm of supporters on the Internet during the primary season, that may or may not translate into a large number of real people.

tyler said...

It was a tough choice but I picked Montana.

I've been amazed with Obama's ability to overperform all previous Dems in the Mountain West states like Colorado and Montana.

If you have some left over cash to poll one more state, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE consider North Dakota :)

thisniss said...

Montana or a Dakota in the West; South Carolina or Georgia in the East. Also, you rule.

Also also, I'm not sure if you're already doing this or if you've answered this question elsewhere (if so, please forgive my asking again), but are you going to start asking an "Early Vote" question in NC and other applicable states?

Anonymous said...

How in the world can people be more interested in Montana than the second match of Rossi v. Gregoire?

Vote Washington!

 
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