Democrat Polling Firm Finds MNGOP In Trouble – A Case In Media Bias & Laziness

I’m sure you have seen this being repeated the last week: Bachmann in trouble, Franken Way ahead of unknown challengers……

The poll done by the Democrat polling firm PPP is worth about as much as a DFL campaign pledge.

First off, it was an automated poll, meaning: press 1 if you agree, press 2 if you disagree….. so short fused people hung up so its not a great sample base. Secondly, as is usually done in Minnesota, Republicans are extremely undersampled.

You have to dig deep into the crosstabs, but you can see why the poll shows things so poorly for Republicans.

If you are a Democrat, press 1. If a Republican, press 2. If you are an independent or identify with another party, press 3.

Democrat ……………………………………………….. 38%

Republican ……………………………………………… 27%

Independent/Other …………………………………… 35%

Franken – Coleman; 42% DFL / 42% GOP

Dayton – Emmer: 40% DFL / 40% GOP

Obama – Romney: 54% / 45%

Republicans have been receiving over 40% of the statewide votes for countless elections, yet the Democrats polls always undersample us? Why? Because 2 years of polls saying that Democrats are way ahead end up becoming reality when people don’t want to waste their vote if they are convinced the Republican has no chance.

It also makes it easier to pressure the media here to ignore the negative news stories and real world radical leftwing agenda of major Democrats like Klobuchar, Franken, Ellison, and Dayton.

So Jim Graves is going to spend the next month of 2 bragging about this poll, but the fact is the poll is only close because they asked more Democrats for their opinions.

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