Never Too Early

Recently on USA Today’s blog about polls, Gallup Guru, Frank Newport offered this defense of 2008 opinion polls that are coming so soon after the 2006 elections .

“Sometimes people accuse us of jumping in too quickly with our horse race polls asking Americans whom they prefer for their party’s nomination in 2008. But hey! With the candidates already tripping all over themselves to make announcements that they are “exploring” the possibility of running in ’08, it’s certainly not too early to be testing the waters as far as American public opinion is concerned.

“Indeed, we’ve been asking about 2008 since Nov. 2004 – just after that year’s presidential election.”

It doesn’t sound like the rate of publishing 2008 opinion polls will slow down anytime soon.

— Azi Paybarah

Never Too Early