Polls by interested parties must always be taken with a grain of salt – but they are not always something to dismiss out of hand.
Last month, for example, proponents of the November ballot issue on charter schools unveiled a survey that showed the proposed constitutional amendment supported by a healthy 58 percent of likely voters.
But a more recent poll, backed by an opposing group called Georgians for Education Excellence, says support for the the charter school issue is leaking fast, and that opponents now have the upper hand by 52 percent.
Thirty-four percent say they’ll “definitely” vote against it, and another 18 percent say they’ll “probably” vote no.
Here’s a link to the poll memo, which includes these caveats:
Methodology. The poll of 1,216 likely voters was conducted October 4 and 5, 2012 by IVR/autocall. Recipients were randomly selected and dialed statewide. The data presented is not weighted to allow for personalized weighting.
The survey poll consisted of:
– Women (53%)
– Men (47%)
– Republicans (61% self identified as strong or leaning Republicans)
– Democrats (27% self identified as strong or leaning Democrats)
– “Other” (12% self identified as something other than Republican or Democrat)
– Margin of error +/- 2.81
Georgians for Education Excellence, we’re told, is a group whose affiliates include the Georgia Association of Educators.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider