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Conspiracy theories swirl over canceled Iowa poll, pushed by Sanders and Yang supporters
NBC News ^ | 2/3/2020 | Ben Collins

Posted on 02/03/2020 9:13:13 AM PST by simpson96

Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Andrew Yang pushed false conspiracy theories on Twitter over the weekend tied to the canceled Des Moines Register poll, effectively commandeering a trending hashtag to convey the idea that their candidates are more successful than the public has been led to believe.

The Des Moines Register poll, a closely watched indicator of the Iowa race, was canceled after at least one interviewer apparently omitted Pete Buttigieg’s name from the randomized list of candidates the surveyor read. The political website Axios reported that the reason for the error was that an interviewer increased the font size of the questionnaire on a computer screen, leaving the bottom choice invisible.

But supporters of Sanders and Yang decided, without evidence, that the reason for the poll’s cancellation had to be that their candidates had high poll numbers, which the newspaper or the polling company wanted to suppress for some reason. (The Des Moines Register poll is actually one of the most respected polls in the country, known for its integrity and accuracy.)

Sanders and Yang supporters flooded the hashtag, “#ReleaseThePoll,” which was one of the top trends on Saturday night.(snip)

The trending topic was pushed even further up the trending topics leaderboard by supporters of Yang, who hopped onto the hashtag 45 minutes later with an identical conspiracy theory, claiming with no evidence that the poll was pulled because it showed Yang jumping up several points. Some even claimed, also without any evidence, that Yang had taken the lead in the unreleased poll.

“Conspiracy theorists are looking for unusual events such as this,” Grygiel said of the poll being canceled

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnews.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: 2020; andrewyang; berniesanders; california; iowa; iowacaucus; joescarborough; libsplaining; mikabrzezinski; morningjoe; msnbc; poll; polling; polls; sanders; yang
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The author really hammers home throughout the article that there is "nothing to see here".
1 posted on 02/03/2020 9:13:13 AM PST by simpson96
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Yang supporters

All one dozen of them in Iowa?

2 posted on 02/03/2020 9:18:19 AM PST by Trump20162020
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To: simpson96

Just another cover up job by NBC


3 posted on 02/03/2020 9:18:20 AM PST by Conserv
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Joe Biden is leading in the Iowa polls.

Joe Biden has always been leading in the Iowa polls.

2+2 = 5

Orwell would be proud.


4 posted on 02/03/2020 9:18:44 AM PST by Deo volente ("When we see the image of a baby in the womb, we glimpse the majesty of God's creation." Pres. Trump)
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To: simpson96

That’s because, like all the other mouthpieces at NBC News, he’s a shill for the DNC.


5 posted on 02/03/2020 9:18:46 AM PST by Signalman
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To: simpson96

How many other polls were manipulated?


6 posted on 02/03/2020 9:21:11 AM PST by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: simpson96

Conspiracy theory = not the official, establishment narrative


7 posted on 02/03/2020 9:21:22 AM PST by all the best (You)
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The more they deny it is a conspiracy, the more I believe it is a conspiracy.


8 posted on 02/03/2020 9:22:54 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party is communism)
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To: simpson96

Yep, they are deeming it “debunked”.


9 posted on 02/03/2020 9:23:08 AM PST by Sans-Culotte (With every passing day, I am a little bit gladder that Romney lost in 2012.)
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Ask Ben if it is a conspiracy theory than CNN and the DNC coordinated in 2016 to deny Bernie the nomination.


10 posted on 02/03/2020 9:24:07 AM PST by a fool in paradise (We need a tax to stamp out Communism- If you espouse Marxism we’ll redistribute all of your money.)
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NBC calls it a false conspiracy theory.

How could they possibly know it’s false if the results haven’t been released?


11 posted on 02/03/2020 9:24:18 AM PST by Balding_Eagle ( The Great Wall of Trump ---- 100% sealing of the border. Coming soon.)
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“without evidence.”

Oddly that phrase never appears with the MSM reporting of Schiff lies.


12 posted on 02/03/2020 9:24:40 AM PST by Fido969 (In!)
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To: simpson96

If Sanders wins tonight, the Dem apparatchiks will go into meltdown..........


13 posted on 02/03/2020 9:27:12 AM PST by Red Badger (Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain.......... ..)
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> Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Andrew Yang pushed false conspiracy theories... <

Once again we see an opinion inserted into a news article. I have no idea if the poll was rigged or not. But a good reporter would have said:

“Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Andrew Yang pushed conspiracy theories...”


14 posted on 02/03/2020 9:28:49 AM PST by Leaning Right (I have already previewed or do not wish to preview this composition.)
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Very suspicious to me. One poller, on one day, at one terminal decided to increase the font size because there were so many many candidates named they were hard to read. The names were randomized and the bottom name didn't always show up.

Finally, a mayor Pete fan was found when his name was randomized to the bottom and a complaint was called in. I think the entire thing largely canceled out; certainly shouldn't invalidate the entire poll. Sounds like Biden must be doing really badly on this last poll.

15 posted on 02/03/2020 9:34:53 AM PST by DJtex
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To: Trump20162020

I doubt he has that many supporters in the whole USA.


16 posted on 02/03/2020 9:38:29 AM PST by rdl6989
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To: simpson96

Ann Selzer is a leftist manipulator. The MSM considers her the gold standard of Iowa polling.

Probably Warren is sinking like a stone and wanted to cover it up.


17 posted on 02/03/2020 9:40:23 AM PST by jjotto (Next week, BOOM!, for sure!)
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But supporters of Sanders and Yang decided, without evidence,

Whenever the mainstream media finds the need to trot out "conspiracy theory" and "no evidence" then you can bet that the conspiracy is true.

18 posted on 02/03/2020 9:42:27 AM PST by DouglasKC
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To: simpson96

sanders has every right in the world to be paranoid about getting shafted in the primaries, having just been shafted in the primaries.


19 posted on 02/03/2020 9:52:24 AM PST by JohnBrowdie
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To: simpson96

From a prior thread =>

>>>>>>>>>

Des Moines Iowa poll was spiked, here are the results:

Sanders: 22%

Warren: 18%

Buttigieg: 16%

Biden: 13%

2,938 10:06 PM - Feb 1, 2020 Twitter

https://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3813097/posts


20 posted on 02/03/2020 9:55:24 AM PST by Ken H
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