Category Archives: News Commentary

Three Thoughts on the Iowa Polls

So Ted Cruz won.  That was unexpected to a lot of people, included otherwise very good pollsters like Ann Selzer (who conducts the Des Moines Register poll) and Douglas Schwartz (who is the head of the Quinnipiac poll). The cat is pretty much out of the bag now though that it wasn’t unexpected to us […]

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About Last Week…

Hello there, imaginary readers, it’s me again.So our marketing director (hi Sara!) wants more blog content.  And perhaps foolishly, she even offered to edit and post these Friday ramblings if I promise to write them. I think she’s making a mistake, but here it goes.Another busy week in politics as we’ve now officially hit the […]

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Top 10 Most Unfortunate Named Candidates

In recognition of the 15-year-old North Carolina sophomore “Deez Nuts” the teen presidential candidate, we decided to step away from research to take a look back at other political candidate names that inspired a chuckle.   1) Young Boozer  |  The 39th State Treasurer of Alabama.   2) Janelle A. Lawless  |  Former chief judge of […]

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Deez Nuts- a Methodological Artifact

This is an excerpt from the Bend Bulletin Article published August 23rd by Ben Brody.  Click here read the complete article. Historically, a handful of people have also embraced joke and protest candidates even at the moment that they went into the ballot box, said Bryon Allen, a partner in WPA Opinion Research, a political data company. […]

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Are Minimum Wage Hikes Backfiring?

Check out Lisa Marie Boothe on Team Cavuto, Fox News on August 17th. “Liberals are putting low skilled workers in a dangerous position with these Fight for 15 campaigns. The reality is – when cash goes into one pocket, it comes out of another.  So what you’re doing is forcing these businesses to either pass the […]

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Guns: The Liberal Soapbox vs. Reality

Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. suffered an unimaginable tragedy on Wednesday, June 17th. According to police shots were fired during a Bible study meeting by 21-year-old suspect Dylann Roof, killing nine people. America is mourning for the innocent lives lost, their families, and friends. It is a time for everyone to reflect. […]

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Monday Morning Polls

It’s always fun to wake up on a Monday morning to new polling data.  It’s less fun to wake up to data that purports to be objective polling and yet misses that mark by a good bit. This morning ABC News/Washington Post reported a new poll on King v. Burwell under the screaming headline, “Public […]

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Obama redefining the electorate

As we’ve been saying since 2008, President Obama is reediting the electorate in a myriad of ways. As this recent data from Gallup shows, clear movement can be seen with Jewish Americans. The outright hostility of Obama foreign policy toward Israel is having a distinct impact as Democrat affiliation among American jews is down ten […]

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2014 Election Interview

WPA CEO Chris Wilson sat down with Michael Carnuccio of Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs for his Sunday TV show.  Following are the notes from their conversation: Polls showed voters favored Republican control of Congress by a single percentage point. How did this actually play out on Tuesday?   Obviously it played out a lot better […]

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