Strawpoll

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For eons, liberals have dreamed of a straw poll whose meaninglessness could equal that achieved by the Ames Straw Poll on the GOP side. The Politico/Take Back America straw poll doesn't quite reach those lofty heights, but it's the best we've got. At any rate, Barack Obama eked out a narrow victory, though it would be interesting to know how many people got tickets through Obama's TBA Facebook giveaway.

I'd also like to know what proportion of registrants actually voted in the straw poll. Nobody I spoke to at the event seemed to actually be voting, so I think the survey may be meaningless even as a sample of people who attended the conference.

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Matthew Yglesias is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic.

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