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GALLUP Won't Poll Presidential Race...

Post by brotherplanet » Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:16 pm

GALLUP Won't Poll Presidential Race...

Gallup gives up the horse race

As pollsters confront unprecedented obstacles, the biggest name in the business backs away.

Gallup has been the country's gold standard for horse-race election polling ever since its legendary founder, George Gallup, predicted Franklin Roosevelt's landslide reelection in 1936.

But after a bruising 2012 cycle, in which its polls were farther off than most of its competitors, Gallup told POLITICO it isn't planning any polls for the presidential primary horse race this cycle. And, even following an internal probe into what went wrong last time around, Gallup won't commit to tracking the general election next year.

It's a stunning move for an organization that built its reputation on predicting the winners of presidential elections. But it comes at a time of unusual tumult in the polling world. Other top-level brands like the nonprofit Pew Research Center have yet to poll the horse race, and still others have expressed concern about the accuracy of polling at a time when fewer people are reachable or willing to talk to pollsters.

Gallup had vowed to examine its methods closely after 2012. And after a lengthy post-mortem, Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport promised to be ready “when the next presidential election” arrived. But so far, Gallup hasn’t been willing to put its methods to the test.

Newport told POLITICO that Gallup has shifted its resources into understanding issues facing voters — and won’t be following the primary horse races, other than asking about how Americans feel about the individual candidates.

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Re: GALLUP Won't Poll Presidential Race...

Post by Bourbon Cowboy » Wed Oct 07, 2015 5:00 pm

No big deal. We can just use that Republican Math Karl Rove uses to predict the odds.
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