polls

  • 15 Aug 2008 at 2:38 PM
  • politics

Mortgage Checks Won’t Be The Only Thing Bouncing This Month

Over the next few months, the media will be talking about presidential polls taken nationwide. Most of the polls you hear about are done nationwide and assume we Americans for our president the way the French vote for theirs (and may the Lord bless and keep Nicholas Sarkozy): that is, by popular vote.
Some of the smarter ones amongst you are toying around InTrade.com to predict the upcoming election. Well, that’s nice and all, but how ’bout those of us for whom statistics matter? We’re looking at FiveThirtyEight.com which breaks out poll numbers state-by-state and evaluates the pollsters themselves based on their prediction accuracy.

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Yesterday’s poll, “Who’s Got Your Back?”, brought some interesting, some predictable, and some horribly misguided results.
John Thain: 2.4%
Resides in Rye; please relate back to Fuld’s championship squash career.
Robert Kindler: 4.0%
This is one of those cases in which, despite our professed love like bare minimum of toleration of our readers, we’re going to have to say—this was a blunder on par with WestLB’s “Oops, we just bought 14% of DaimlerChrysler.” Sure, Kindler’s one of those loveable nice guys who’ll throw a lavish book party for just about anyone, but cross him and you’ll be looking at the business end of claw that could cut reinforced steel. Shame on all of you.
Stanley O’Neal: 6.3%
As one commenter points out, “Stan systematically eliminated everyone in his path—and even those who helped him along the path—to the CEO’s chair at Merrill.” But here’s the thing—now that he’s in the big boy seat, Stan’s going to do everything he can to protect himself—not you. (Though there may be some truth to the rumors that he let the air out of a Goldman Sachs associate’s tires just to let me know there’d be no messing with Merrill Lynch’s first-years).
Philip Goldstein: 6.3%
You motherfuckers aren’t going to get away with this.

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  • 08 Mar 2007 at 3:09 PM
  • polls

Getting To Know You

From time to time, we’re asked by the management to satisfy some of their internal curiosities about the Dealbreaker audience. We’re of the opinion that it takes away the mystery in our relationship with you guys, but when we tell them that, they say, “Excuse me, did someone give you permission to speak?” So do us a favor, and fill out this short (3 question!) poll, so we can get paid. We promise not to sell your credit card information to anyone. Can’t say anything about possibly stealing your identities, though.