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‘Lipstick’ Ad Doesn’t Move Focus Group’s Votes

A MediaCurves focus group of 312 women shows that, while John McCain’s ‘lipstick’ ad did somewhat increase perceptions that Barack Obama has a gender bias, it has not moved very many votes and rates as a below-average ad overall.

Before viewing the commercial, the focus group leaned 43/42 for McCain, versus 45/42 afterward. The changes are not statistically significant given the roughly 6 percent margin of error in the sample (data).

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(And, yes, I’m buying time here until the polling update. My laptop broke — anyone got a Best Buy gift card? — and it’s going to take a bit of time to update the version of the model I have on my backup computer).

EDIT: As one of the commentors notes, perhaps this will move votes if Obama commits another ‘gaffe’ of a similar variety. I think that’s probably true.

Also, note that this study was of women only. We don’t know how men reacted.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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