Numbers overload: Polling data hype sways voters

Treating presidential polls as gospel is a little like placing political faith in the lifespan of a fruit fly.

“People tend to subscribe a more durable nature to polling data,” said Russ Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. “It’s more ephemeral.” …

Pundits whip themselves up with every move in the polls, political experts say. And that leads to a climate in which even slight shifts in data that are well within the margin of error influence both coverage and conversation. [cont.]

Halimah Abdullah, CNN