Is Gallup Biased Against Obama?

Over the weekend, Mark Blumenthal of the Huffington Post published a lengthy review of the Gallup poll’s methodology. It is a technical read, but I encourage you to give it a careful look. Blumenthal’s bottom line is that Gallup tends to place the president’s job approval rating about 2.5 points below the average of similar polls, and that a portion of this can be chalked up to under-sampling non-whites. What to make of this? I have five points to offer. [cont.]

Jay Cost, The Weekly Standard

Mark Blumenthal responds to Jay Cost:

… Jay Cost at The Weekly Standard has taken me to task, particularly for “looking at Gallup in isolation.” But Cost misses the main point of the article. [cont.]

Mark Blumenthal, The Huffington Post