Beware: “public” pollsters with an agenda
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
There are a few pollsters out there that claim to be publically distributing information, yet have a hidden agenda. Let’s take the Public Policy Polling firm as a prime example. This polling firm has consistently released polling number’s that show North Carolina’s senior Sen. Richard Burr’s approval ratings in the mid-30’s. Normally, this is dangerous territory for any sitting incumbent, but a closer look at the firm producing these “facts” shows they have an agenda.
“We’re absolutely rooting in this race. We don’t want Richard Burr to get reelected. We wanted Obama to win last fall.” - Public Policy Polling pollster Tom Jensen.
This is a quote in lieu of poll that showed Senator Burr as “vulnerable” by an admitted partisan hack. But Jensen decided not to make public his test of Sen. Richard Burr vs. the only announced opponent at this time, John Ross Hendrix. Hendrix, a “graphic artist” and perennial candidate is the announced Democrat candidate to take on Burr, yet he is not tested in this so-called survey. The simple fact remains that if Burr is tested in any poll against any “announced” Democrat, Burr cruises to reelection. Whether or not Hendrix is tested in Jensen’s poll samples, we’ll never know. What we do know is Jensen and Public Policy Polling will only release data that is favorable to Democrats.
Let’s look at another poll by Public Policy Polling in Ohio
This poll shows the Democrat(s) candidates leading the unopposed Republican candidate by 8-9 points. At least they admit their sample is 50% Democrat; 35% Republican. If anyone can tell me the last time a Presidential Democrat candidate won in Ohio by 15 points in my lifetime, I’ll buy you lunch.
Case in point: the Public Policy Polling firm has an agenda: electing Democrats. Taking their polls as scientific expert analysis as a true poll reflecting a hypothesis of voting behavior is a complete mistake. Any media outlet promoting their polling data should undoubtedly be questioned. Keep a close watch on this firm’s “public” polling, as it will consistently show Democrats leading to promote their own internal agenda. If they work for Democrat candidates, fine. But to release outrageous numbers showing essentially unopposed Senate candidates such as Richard Burr down is absurd and does a disgrace to the polling and survey community, as we stand by the numbers we produce for our clients and candidates.