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It's Now Public: Editors Rejigger Polls
Commentary ^ | Tuesday, November 6, 2012 | John Podhoretz

Posted on 11/06/2012 10:10:04 AM PST by kristinn

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A stunning tale today in the Salt Lake Tribune, however, reveals the dirty little secret of polls paid for by the media. The results are, in effect, owned by the media, and the media can insist that they be rejiggered.

The Tribune published a poll done by the respected Mason-Dixon firm that showed a 10-point lead for the city’s Republican candidate for mayor. The poll was released on Thursday. Later, editors for the paper objected to the results on the grounds that the poll had an insufficient number of Democrats in its sample:

Tribune editor Nancy Conway acknowledged the problem.

“We are as concerned about this as anyone,” she said Monday. “As soon as we understood there was a problem we worked to correct it.

“We had no reason to doubt the poll until we saw others conducted over the same period and could see differences in the numbers. That raised questions,” Conway said. “We contacted our pollster who did additional research on Salt Lake County demographics and found there was indeed a flaw.

“We knew right then that we needed to correct our mistake and that’s what we are doing,” Conway said.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: elections; polls

1 posted on 11/06/2012 10:10:06 AM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn

How would any thinking American be stunned by this?


2 posted on 11/06/2012 10:14:12 AM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: kristinn

The MSM isn’t lightly tossing away their credibility - they’re calling in dump trucks to haul it away... Telling them not to leave a scrap...


3 posted on 11/06/2012 10:15:36 AM PST by GOPJ (Obama wants dems to vote to 'get revenge' ? Democrats are the haters - that's your proof.)
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To: UB355

I don’t see in this day and age of cell phones with caller ID you could possibly get an accurate poll.

It all is about the “special sauce” they put in the polls.


4 posted on 11/06/2012 10:15:45 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

The media is in the tank for Obama and I wouldn’t be surprised if the polls came out in a certain way to make him look good!

In that case it has nothing to do with reflecting public opinion so much as in trying to change it to serve the MSM’s interests.

That’s what we have seen all year.


5 posted on 11/06/2012 10:17:43 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: GOPJ

except that their credibility could now fit into a toyota prius, with room to spare.


6 posted on 11/06/2012 10:20:59 AM PST by C. Edmund Wright ("GONE: The Four Year Wave That Rocked The Bubble" due out Nov 8th)
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To: kristinn

Ok, so polls are having to many republicans counted, and this is a scandal? Really, I mean, seriously?

We have CNN with +11 rat polls, but I’m going to see complaints instead about polls that had too many Republicans?

Seriously?


7 posted on 11/06/2012 10:23:35 AM PST by Professional
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To: kristinn

Been saying this for weeks now...


8 posted on 11/06/2012 10:28:07 AM PST by bigbob
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To: goldstategop

There is only one important poll and it will be decided in the next 24 to 48 hrs. VOTE VOTE VOTE.


9 posted on 11/06/2012 10:28:20 AM PST by ping jockey (may I introduce The Honorable Mitt Romney President of the United States.)
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To: Professional
We have CNN with +11 rat polls, but I’m going to see complaints instead about polls that had too many Republicans?

Have yet to see/hear of any such poll that was not GOP partisan. In other words, crickets chirping!

10 posted on 11/06/2012 10:39:32 AM PST by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existence!)
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To: UB355

I’m not very shocked


11 posted on 11/06/2012 10:39:57 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: bigbob

It’s a ‘follow the money’ scenario.


12 posted on 11/06/2012 10:39:57 AM PST by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: SES1066

Let them think they’re winning.


13 posted on 11/06/2012 10:40:38 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

Good catch, kristinn. Libtards are work.


14 posted on 11/06/2012 10:43:16 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: kristinn

From the sounds of things, I think we’re all gonna get rejiggered...

Oh well. 12/21/2012 ain’t that far away...

:-(


15 posted on 11/06/2012 10:44:12 AM PST by djf (Political Science: Conservatives = govern-ment. Liberals = givin-me-it.)
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To: kristinn




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16 posted on 11/06/2012 10:52:59 AM PST by Lady Jag (If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat. - Reagan)
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To: kristinn

Americans in general and Freepers in particular need to get over their infatuation with polls.

Even if they were accurate this obcession with them is not healthy.


17 posted on 11/06/2012 11:52:19 AM PST by DManA
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks kristinn.


18 posted on 11/06/2012 5:45:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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