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Non-scientific surveys in the presidential race

Every four years at this time, businesses of almost every stripe try to piggy back on the presidential race to get a little publicity.

Thus do we have the quadrennial report from the Halloween costume industry announcing which candidate is selling more masks. Right now, it'sBarack Obama over Mitt Romney, almost 2-to-1. Argue among yourselves whether that means the president is more popular than the former governor...or scarier. 

A hamburger chain called Smashburger released the results of a survey on which candidate people would rather have a burger with. That survey came back about 60-40 in favor of Obama, but it's not clear whether some survey subjectsthought the burger came with a trip to the White House, or whether those who don''t eat meat were given the option of a veggie burger.

More on silly surveys, as they develop.

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Jim Camden
Jim Camden is the Olympia bureau chief, covering the Legislature and state government. He also is a political columnist and blogger for Spin Control.

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