Prior to reviewing Gallup's almost flamboyantly inaccurate findings, Nate Silver says this of its current poll showing a 7-point national lead for Romney:
[I]ts results are deeply inconsistent with the results that other polling firms are showing in the presidential race....
Other national polls show a race that is roughly tied on average, while state polls continue to indicate a narrow advantage of about two points for President Obama in tipping-point states like Ohio.
I've ceased almost entirely my referencing of individual polls. As well, I now regularly ignore findings from the right's Rasmussen and the left's PPP. To me, partisan polling aimed at partisan feel-good findings is as pointless as feel-good commentary--both serve a purpose for which I readily admit a complete lack of sympathy or understanding. Celebratory, feel-good commentary is as fundamentally misleading and inherently dishonest as its polling counterparts.
Having said that, I just as readily admit a ruthlessly definitive pro-Obama slant to my commentary. But please be advised: I write in a positive vein about President Obama because I genuinely believe he's done just about the best possible job doable--not because I'm a partisan or a polemicist or a propagandist, you know, like Rasmussen.