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I am very skeptical of all of the 'statistics' based national polling services. The one attached had a total of ~9,159 respondents. Look at the column labeled 'SAMPLE.' That sure seems like an awfully small sample size. And, how was that spread out across the U.S.?

Please don't make this political. It is an honest, sincere question. Do you trust this data? I don't. I think we need a much more comprehensive 'polling' apparatus.

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I don't put much faith In polls.
It all depends on how the question is asked, and who they ask.

The polls showed Hillary winning in a landslide, and we all know how that turned out.
 

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Some more of that thar “Fake News” .... ;)..now spit...
 

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I very seldom give an honest answer to phone polls! I have been a female black/Asian on several.
 

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I think the poll results are entirely plausible. There have been two loud agendas blaring on the news for the past few months. One says Trump is trying to open up the country way too fast and he is going to kill us all. The other big push is that Trump has foolishly shut down the country for no reason, and that all the coronavirus mitigation steps have been useless and unwarranted. So, when you ask on open-ended question like “do you approve of Trump’s handling...”, you get ‘No, he has done too little’ from just about every Dem, and you get ‘No, he did too much’ from many conservatives.
 

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I think the poll results are entirely plausible. There have been two loud agendas blaring on the news for the past few months. One says Trump is trying to open up the country way too fast and he is going to kill us all. The other big push is that Trump has foolishly shut down the country for no reason, and that all the coronavirus mitigation steps have been useless and unwarranted. So, when you ask on open-ended question like “do you approve of Trump’s handling...”, you get ‘No, he has done too little’ from just about every Dem, and you get ‘No, he did too much’ from many conservatives.
Like all things lately, both sides could not be further apart. Generally in such instances the smart money bets on the middle ground. Almost certainly, it was important to first get a handle in what was being faced. Continuing with a dead stick economy is entirely unsustainable and potentially beyond dangerous. Keeping people locked up only slows things down, but it doesn't stop the infections. It does make resources available to save many that need it. Potentially it keeps the most susceptible safer. Unfortunately, again, the cost has been astronomical, and the costs continue to grow. Good people ... families will lose their homes and live on the streets. Things need to get moving or there will be little left to move. In business, as in life, the money has to come from somewhere. Someone is going to have to pay for this. Too much longer and the only option out of this will be socialism. Line ups for everything you need. Not enough to go around. Stupid high taxation no chance to succeed and elevate one's self.

I think, ultimately, Trump about got it right. It's time to get rolling. Healthy, eager, hungry people are chomping at the bit to get back to work, virus or not. People should have the freedom to do so. Yes cautiously at first, test the waters, but it needs to happen. One can argue timing, and politics, but things happened in the proper order IMO.
 

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I don't put much faith In polls.
It all depends on how the question is asked, and who they ask.

The polls showed Hillary winning in a landslide, and we all know how that turned out.
Remember these polls query voters, not the electrical college. Hilary had 2.8M more votes than Trump and thus won the popular vote but lost the electrical college. This has happened 5 times. My guess is that things are changing so fast that polls today will not accurately reflect the sentiment of voters in November 2020. With nearly 40M unemployed, big retailers and small businesses going broke (more job losses, lost earnings, and lost tax revenue), and the possibility of coronavirus resurgence in the fall, its anybody's guess.
 

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Polls are meaningless unless the sample pool approaches 100%. And that is unattainable in RL.
I am also surprised at the numbers of blue vs red stations listed in the results because their results do not vary at all from each other. It doesn't matter on which side of the spectrum we are, just comparing these numbers shows something is off.
I agree with others. A few thousand respondents from a 300+ million country is a laughable sample. Statistically not worth even looking into.
 
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