The Polling Paradox: How to Read the Numbers

Two polls with contradictory results provide a teaching moment, and a veteran of the craft tells you how not to be a baby about reading them.

Republican Presidential candidate Jeb Bush greets supporters at the 4th of July Parade in Merrimack, New Hampshire.

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Do you believe, as the ABC News/Washington Post poll showed this week, that Hillary Clinton is beating Jeb Bush nationally by a margin of 10 percentage points (51 percent to 41 percent)?

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