Romney Leads Obama in Fox Poll; Trails in Most Others

Republican Mitt Romney leads President Obama 46-44 in the latest Fox News poll of registered voters.

IR Wonks vs. IR Journals

Dan Drezner declares that “Policy wonks ignore political science journals at their peril.”

Romney Has 10 Point Lead in Alabama?!

A poll commissioned by the Alabama Education Association shows Mitt Romney with a rather surprising 10 point lead in the Heart of Dixie.

Scamming the US News College Rankings Scam

The scam of the US News college rankings and the various ways in which colleges scam said scam rankings.

Good News All Around In January Jobs Report

The January jobs report was the best we’ve seen in more than three years.

America Hates Newt

Newt Gingrich has amazingly high unfavorables.

Republican Race In South Carolina Tightens

Things are tightening up among the Republican candidates in the Palmetto State.

Good News For The New Year? December Jobs Report Offers (Some) Hope

Some good news in the December jobs report.

USA World’s Most Charitable Nation

The United States tops the world in giving money, volunteering time, and helping strangers.

How To Read Polls

Republicans For Waterboarding

The most disturbing part of Saturday’s debate came when most of the GOP candidates endorsed torture.

Media Coverage of the Candidates

Rick Perry has gotten the most and best coverage thus far in the campaign. President Obama has gotten mostly negative coverage.

Irene Lived Up to the Hype: Nate Silver

The very question is rather dubious.

Perry Opens Wide Lead (in Rasmussen Poll)

Do we have a new frontrunner in the race for the Republican nomination?

Michele Bachmann: Still A Debt Kamikaze, Still Completely Wrong

Michele Bachmann is claiming that the debt downgrade proves she was right about not raising the debt ceiling.

S&P Debt Downgrade Leads To Same Old Washington Blame Game

The immediate reaction among the political class to the debt downgrade was the play the same old stupid games.

Republican Governors Remarkably Unpopular

Are the new crop of GOP governors too conservative?

Why Is The Media “Ignoring” Herman Cain (Or Gary Johnson, Or Fred Karger)?

It’s Campaign Fact of Life No. 1: If you aren’t a factor in the race, you aren’t going to get free media.

Ranking The Pundits

A study shows that most national columnists and talking heads are about as accurate as a coin flip.

More Cautionary Poll Tales

It is waaay too early to be putting much stock in polling for 2012 (either in terms of X v. Obama or GOP v. GOP).

USA a Low-Tax Country?

Australia is the only major country with lower tax rates than the USA.

Poker Bots Invade Online Gambling Sites

Automated programs are getting very good at poker and are winning large sums on online gambling sites.

Facebook For Scientists

Scientists have discovered that the Internet could be a useful collaborate tool.

Ronald Reagan America’s Greatest President?

In a new Gallup poll, Americans rank Ronald Reagan as America’s Greatest President.

Poll Shows Palin Speech Helped Her Image (or Did it?)

A poll that came out late last week purports show that Palin’s speech helped her public image. However, if we look at the numbers, that claim is a weak one.

Rasmussen Poll Overestimated Republican Vote

Rasmussen polls were biased toward Republicans by 3 to 4 points. Rigged results? Or screening error?

Stewart Rally Bigger Than Beck Rally?

215,000 people attended the “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear” compared to 87,000 for “Restoring Honor.” Even if you believe the numbers, they don’t tell us much.

Maybe The Gulf Oil Didn’t Go Away After All

It’s beginning to look like initial reports that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been “cleaned up” may not be true after all.

8% US Births To Illegal Aliens

A staggering 8 percent of all babies born in the United States in 2008 were offspring of illegal aliens. What are the public policy implications?

Is Megan McArdle Always Wrong?

Megan McArdle cites an academic article someone disagrees with, proving she’s a dishonest hack.

Ruling Class Elites

A bizarre rant in American Spectator contains some interesting thoughts about the nature of America’s political elite.

Did Felons Put Al Franken in the Senate?

Did felons voting illegally put Al Franken over the top in Minnesota? Probably not.

Waterboarding and ‘Torture’ in the American Media

Did the American media cover up torture by the Bush Administration?

Ugly Party vs. Grown-Up Party

Michael Gerson argues that the source of our polarization isn’t the Democrats and the Republicans but the Ugly Party and the Grown-Up Party.

Polling in Afghanistan