The results were interesting…but so were their methods.
They note that…
The survey was conducted with more than 75,000 registered voters across America in Morning Consult’s weekly online national polling between late May 2015 and mid-November 2015.
May through November is a biiiiig stretch of time — at least 28 weeks. It makes it very difficult to know what was happening in the news at that time, and how the news cycle may have affected the polling results.
In any case here is what they came up with for Nebraska:
Governor Pete Ricketts
Don’t Know: 15%
Senator Deb Fischer
Senator Ben Sasse
That was based on 465 registered voters, and they give a margin of error at 4.5%
And I guess we can assume that for the Senators, since the numbers don’t add up, that the balance is also “Don’t Know”. For Fischer that would be 21% and for Sasse it would be 27%
This is also “online polling”, though there is no indication of what that means exactly or what the methodology may have been.
Without raining on any parades too much, one would assume this is pretty good news for all of the above office holders…
Longtime Leavenworth St. reader and commenter and blogger in his own right, Ed Stevens of Kearney (a/k/a/ “Uncle Wiggly”) wrote a fairly scathing post of one of his local pols on his blog, “A View from the Middle Border“.
Interesting is that he states that said pol is…
“…card-carrying, dues-paying, T-shirt wearing member…” of the “Unicameral liberal class”.
Who is this Mike Dukakis of the Plains?
Stevens is describing the “doughty senator” from Kearney, Legislature Speaker Galen Hadley.
Stevens has a bone or two to pick with Hadley for his suggestion to change the filibuster rules in the Unicameral — and the Lincoln Journal Star’s editorial championing Hadley’s cause.
Just a warning: Stevens invokes the Federalist Papers.
Sh*t just got real.
Interesting stories lately about Offutt AFB, the effect on the surrounding community and what needs to be done to keep it in place and effective.
Now, if only there were a candidate for office who had years of experience and knowledge about Offutt and ideas about how to keep it there.
Nebraska Watchdog’s Deena Winter notes that after her stories on Tuesday and Wednesday, she will no longer be covering Nebraska for Watchdog.
And at this time, she is not aware of anyone else taking over.
We hardly knew ye, Deena!
And that is one less hard-nosed reporter digging into things across the state.
Interesting little bit in the OWH about an author who went across Nebraska asking people to chat.
In Stuart Chittenden’s “A Couple of 830 Mile Long Conversations,” he states that “people feel voiceless,” and “want to be heard.”
And if you want to know why the Tea Party and Black Lives Matter and Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have all come to the fore, that is the reason.
People DO want to be heard, and they just don’t figure that the traditional avenues are open to them.
And now someone like Trump comes along, masterful at communication and persuasion, and it may be more than just a temporary movement.
More to think about…
Yes it has been Tweeted, Facebooked and Tumblered (probably) all day long.
But it IS Cyber Monday!
I will tell you that I have already partaken in two different online deals today (for software) on Amazon. (Photoshop Elements 14 — 40% off — was my buy.)
And YOU TOO can…nay MUST take advantage!
Oh, and when ya do, please click through my Amazon.com links on Leavenworth St., then just purchase as you usually would. You’ll get the exact same great deals, but you’ll send a little anonymous love to Leavenworth St. so that we can keep the lights going on year TEN at the talk of Nebraska politics.
For. A. Decade.