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You Know Michigan's Safe Now!

Why? Because Mitchell Research has actually released a poll showing Kerry in the lead in Michigan (albeit by only a point). To understand the significance of this, you need to know that Mitchell Research has been the only firm to show Bush with a lead in Michigan in the entire post-labor day period. Specifically, there have been 17 polls in Michigan in September and October (prior to Mitchell Research's new release), 15 of which showed Kerry in the lead (by an average of 5 points in both months) and only two of which--both from Mitchell Research--showed Bush with a lead (also by an average of 5 points).

You had to wonder if they were polling the same state. So if Mitchell Research finally has Kerry ahead, even by a point, that probably means he's running away with the state.

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I live in a very Republican area of Michigan and I can tell you that I have never seen so many signs for a Democratic Presidential candidate. In fact, aside from the Clinton signs that my sister and uncle had in 1996 I have never seen ANY. I have certainly never seen any bumper stickers for any Democratic Presidential candidates too. I have seen dozens and dozens of both. Another thing is that at least 120 Kerry signs have been reported to the police as stolen and that number is from a couple of months ago. I say Kerry wins here with at least 54% if not 55% of the vote because since he has such support here which is supposedly "Bush Country" Do any of you live in a "Bush Country" area which has lots of Kerry signs or stickers? Or is this just a Michigan phenomenon?

from wed salon.com:

But Tony Fabrizio, a Republican who served as chief pollster for Bob Dole's '96 presidential campaign, doesn't have much incentive to game the numbers to hearten anxious Democrats. And if his latest analysis is correct, the only way Bush can win will be if fewer minorities turn out this year than they did in 2000, when the stakes were far lower.


Fabrizio's latest poll of 12 battleground states shows the race dead even, with Bush getting 47.3 percent and Kerry getting 47.1. But a press release for the survey says: "[W]hen the data is weighted to reflect minority turnout based on the 2000 exit polls, Sen. Kerry leads by 3.5 percent and if minority turnout is weighted to census levels Sen. Kerry's lead expands to 5.2 percent."

Hell, Michigan has been Kerry's ever since GM and Ford announced production cuts. That's perhaps a greater comment on the swing in this poll.

But note that in today's (10/28) WaPo story on the race in Michigan, which poll do they show a pie chart (to graphically emphasize the supposed closeness of the race) for? Why, Mitchell's, of course.

Meanwhile, Richard Morin -- who as the Post's poll guru had to give approval as to which poll to use for the MI story -- is all over their Style section piece on polls talking about a) how unclear everyone is about what's going on with the polls, but b) at the end of the day, the polls are probably right.

Of course, nothing about 2000 track records.

Latest Mitchell poll has Kerry up 5 in Michigan now.

i live in michigan, today mitchel released a poll and kerry is up 5, most don't know this but we have a local political show on sunday mornings and the guy who runs the poll always sits and speaks as a voice from the right. Kerry will win by 5 -7 points.

Yeah, I caught that revised Mitchell poll -- which doesn't speak well for any of his work that he has such day-to-day volatility in a state he's supposed to know well (as opposed to national pollsters doing tracking polls in individual states a la Zogby, Rasmussen, etc.).

Of course, the Kerry +5 MI Mitchell poll didn't get a mention in the WaPo.