Andrew Kohut, of the Pew Research Center, thinks race is to blame for the pollsters problems in New Hampshire. Well, not race really, but “the difficulties race and class present to survey methodology.” Basically, he thinks that less well-educated, poorer white people are less likely to respond to pollsters’ questions, and the ways pollsters account for those refusals gets the numbers wrong. Interesting.
Why do I care? Because I really wish I could be following these campaigns with all my energy. It’s a strange and wonderful time for America when the race is wide open and people besides old white guys have a shot at the Oval Office. But alas, I must dissertate.
Gloria Steinem’s op-ed piece in the Times was great too. Thanks for the link, Naomi. Ms Steinem points out that “gender is probably the most restricting force in American life.” I remember ranting to family in December about race and gender in regards to the Democrats running, and I think I ranted prematurely. They’ll know what I mean.