Originally Posted by Old Dude
Concerning the disparity in polls:
I can easily understand why Obama would perform better in polls that include cell phones. Romney's strongest age group is the over-65 bracket and far more of them tend to exclusively use landlines. (I myself have a cellphone, but I don't think I've made more than a dozen calls on it in the past year and I rarely bother to even charge it.)
Younger voters certainly favored Obama last time around and I don't have any doubt that more of them exclusively use cell phones. Other demographics are consistent with that as well.
What I don't really understand is why Obama tends to poll higher in systems that use a live person to conduct the questioning rather than an automated "robo-call." I don't see why the results should be any different. Anyone care to share any insight on that?
I've wondered the same thing. I sometimes think people just say Obama when asked the question by a live person by reason of just feeling like that's who they should say. When asked by a robocall...no pressure to say one or the other.