Technically Incorrect: In a survey timed to feel out whether operating systems correlate with choice of candidates, "No opinion" is the second choice of many Republicans.
You have to admire pollsters.
What am I saying? Of course you don't.
I'd love to see a poll that shows how many pollsters get things right even a majority of the time. (St. Nathaniel of Silver is, of course, exempt from this. Till he gets the next election wrong, that is.)
This doesn't stop surveys crossing my screen even more often than ill-spelled vitriol. Occasionally, though, a public sounding might provide a certain form of entertainment. Just as politicians do, on occasion.
I've been presented with a survey that examines, in part, whether those who use Windows have a different political attitude than those who use iOS.
The brains at survey company Survata asked 1,516 Americans of voting age to declare their political affiliations. They then asked which of the candidates they favored. However, in passing, Survata noted which operating systems the respondents were using.
They discovered that when it came to Democrats, there was operational disagreement. (Not a first for Democrats, I know.) Forty-eight percent of Windows users favored Hillary Clinton, as opposed to a trifling 18.9 percent for Bernie Sanders. Another 31 percent of Windowers declared they had "no opinion."
A mere 15.7 percent of iOS users were opinion-free. An almost enormous 48.3 percent support Sanders, with only 27 percent for Clinton. Some might conclude this shows that naive idealism still rules Apple minds.
Android users were torn, as 35.6 percent favored Clinton and and another 35.6 percent supported Sanders. (Predictably, 4.4 percent were for Lincoln Chafee.)
What about the Republicans? Whether supporting Windows, iOS, Android or even Mac OS, Donald Trump was their favored candidate (in the case of iOS, their joint-favored). Oh, he's everybody's favorite really. In his head, most certainly.
What some might find stunning, however, is that the second choice of Windows, Android and Mac OS-using Republicans -- and the equal first choice of iOS users -- wasn't Ben Carson nor Jeb Bush. It wasn't Marco Rubio or Ted Cruz. It was "no opinion."
This might suggest a universal canniness among Republicans. They want to see how things shake out. They want to examine their candidates ruthlessly. They'd waterboard them if they could. Their choice of operating system makes no difference to their politics.
Which doesn't seem to be so much the case with the Democrats.
Survata's methodology involves online surveys on publisher sites. This survey was performed between October 21-24. It has a margin of error of 2.5 percent at a 95 percent confidence level, the company told me.
After Tuesday night's Republican debate, there will likely be more surveys on Wednesday. And Thursday. Will anything change? Will the launch of the iPad Pro have an influence? Will some survey company try and discern whether iPad Pro-users are politically distinct from Microsoft Surface users?