Datechguy uses numbers to show why it matters that the party affiliation of poll respondents doesn't match reality.

Short version: pollsters are weighting their polls as if there are more Democrats than Republicans, when the opposite is true. Without this inaccurate weighting Romney would show a significant lead.

This poll shows that have been more Republicans than Democrats for all of 2012:


This chart shows that pollsters consistently weight their polls with more Democrats than Republicans, and thereby skew their results towards Obama and away from Romney.


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