On Nov. 3, a Miami Herald front-page story on its Mason-Dixon poll showed Mitt Romney leading President Obama 51 percent to 45 percent. Pollster Brad Coker said, “We’re not missing anybody based on our method.”
On Nov. 8, The Miami Herald published the story Why some polls were off on Page 6 of of the Local section — apparently, the “whoops” section. Coker still maintained that the “shift was not caused by polling error.” There were 800 potential voters polled. More than eight million people voted. This means that each person who was polled represented more than 10,000 voters. As the article said. Coker simply polled the wrong people.
The Herald needs to be more responsible. It should report the news, not create it. The paper should not spend one nickel on conducting polls, using the funds instead on newspaper staff that would fact-check and proof its content.
David K. Tobin, Miami
The two Americas that Joy-Ann Reid discusses in her Nov. 3 Other Views column, Two Americas will choose the president, have always been with us. I’m from the generation that once didn’t trust anyone over 30, and “the man” was never to be trusted. Yet, as our generation now looks at 70, it’s funny how we became more like our parents.
So, too, will the second America age and I hold hope that it doesn’t have to experience what we went through — which was nothing like what our parents experienced. If this second America can pay attention and not give the house away, they may experience what we boomers experienced.
But I don’t see that happening. This generation has a bigger sense of entitlement. I hope I’m wrong.
W.F. Cunningham III,
We conservatives failed. I hope the Republican think tanks figure out the reason for apathy within our ranks. Otherwise, the party is doomed in this nation under uber-liberals.
Shame on conservatives who didn’t vote. Wake up to reality. Let’s get it done next time, Republican Party. The only silver lining is that Obama 2012 can only blame Obama 2008 for the recession and chaos that are about to ensue.
Owen Parr, Miami Beach
Republicans who are concerned about big government and who work for the government should simply resign. For those who won’t resign, the powers that be can just fire them.
They will have contributed to smaller government and Democrats in the public workplace will no longer have to be subjected to unwelcomed political rhetoric.