Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

The latest numbers from Quinnipiac suggest biased polling data - biased sampling procedures (biased in favor of John McCain and the Republican Party).  We now learn that the Quinnipiac polls are sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, owned by Rupert Murdoch.

Coincidence?

It used to be possible to rely on Quinnipiac University polling, but that era may now be past, if Quinnipiac is going to bend its sampling procedures to suit the owner of the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, Rupert Murdoch.

Tags: murdoch, quinnipiac, WSJ (all tags)

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Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Or, you know, it could just be that the polls have a few flaws this time around.  Quinnipiac does have professionals running its polls.

by rfahey22 2008-07-24 10:55AM | 0 recs
Why does Quinnipiac need Murdoch, anyways?

Why should Quinnipiac besmirch their own reputation by now giving up their independence?

Quinnipiac was great when they were independent.

They are no longer independent, but have sold themselves out to the highest bidder - Rupert Murdoch.

As soon as they ally themselves with Murdoch, they suddenly start publishing lousy poll data.

Surprise?  Coincidence?  No - collaboration.

by enthusiast 2008-07-24 12:35PM | 0 recs
Re: Why does Quinnipiac need Murdoch, anyways?

You're basing some grand conspiracy theory on one set of polls that was released today, and with zero evidence?  Quinnipiac doesn't weight by party i.d.  It's entirely possible that they got more Republicans in their sample than usual.  And, really, with that mindset, who do you trust?  PPP is a Democratic-based poll.  Rasmussen is funded by Republican interests.  

It really erodes a person's credibility to start complaining of a conspiracy with no tangible evidence to back it up.

by rfahey22 2008-07-24 12:45PM | 0 recs
All I'm saying is that I don't trust Quinnipiac as

much now as I did before they alligned themselves with the right wing extremist Rupert Murdoch, whose one clear goal is to subvert our democracy, or turn it into a perpetual right-wing government.

As soon as Murdoch "owns" Quinnipiac's poll, magic - poof - the numbers turn up looking screwy.

If I was a Quinnipiac staff, student, or alum, I wouldn't want my University's reputation tainted by association with Rupert Murdoch.

by enthusiast 2008-07-24 12:50PM | 0 recs
Murdoch has interests in these polls:

Murdoch-influenced or financed polls:

FOXNEWS

WSJ-NBC

WSJ-WASHINGTON POST

QUINNIPIAC

Question: Why does Rupert Murdoch have to keep expanding the influence of his polling?  Since he has a Fox News polling outfit, why does he now need to "buy" Quinnipiac?

by enthusiast 2008-07-24 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Wow.  One set of narrowing polls from Quinnipiac and swoosh under the busand the Q-Polls are branded a slanted right-winged conspiracy.  For shame.

We don't want to get to comfortable...it's good to have a "seemingly" close race.

by mashews 2008-07-24 10:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

I think we have to take seriously the fact that Quinnipiac is now in the employ of Rupert Murdoch. And, furthermore, anyone would have to admit that the Minnesota poll showing a near deadheat is way off base compared to any other pollster.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 11:09AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Why?  Have they fired any employees?  Have they edited any pre-published results?

Just because an owner several layers removed is someone people disagree with doesn't mean that the company has suddenly become compromised.  Their business depends on the perception that they are reasonably accurate.  Even the best polling outfits have inaccurate polls fairly regularly.

by rfahey22 2008-07-24 11:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Have they not fired any employees? Have they manipulated their data? I don't think we know that yet, just as I don't know the answers to your questions.

All I am saying is that when vermin like Rupert Murdoch is involved with them, they should be carefully watched and taken seriously; as the possibility of manipulation exists. Republicans have been known to steal elections, so manipulating poll results is certainly not beyond them.

Has Quinnipiac fallen victim to this? I don't know, but I do trust them less since Murdoch has become involved.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 11:32AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

POLLBUSTER:

All I am saying is that when vermin like Rupert Murdoch is involved with them, they should be carefully watched and taken seriously; as the possibility of manipulation exists. Republicans have been known to steal elections, so manipulating poll results is certainly not beyond them.

Has Quinnipiac fallen victim to this?

You're succumbing to Paranoia pal.  

by ottovbvs 2008-07-24 12:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Everyone says that polling at this juncture isn't meaningful, and to some extent that's true, but we need to bear in mind that polling at any juncture helps bring money and resources into a campaign and good polling numbers helps to build enthusiasm, while the opposite is true for poor numbers.

Therefore we should be extremely careful about the reliability of the polls that we watch. I repeat, any poll that has Murdoch's involvement has to be seen as suspect.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 02:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Rasmussen has Obama losing Ohio by 10 points, so i guess rasmussen isn't credible either.  This will be no cake walk for obama.

by karajan72 2008-07-24 10:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Well Rasmussen is still the same polling outfit that had George Bush ahead of Al Gore by 7 points on election day 2000.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 11:05AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Me thinks your reaching. Q polls have always been fairly reliable.

by jsfox 2008-07-24 11:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

But the diarist is alerting everyone to a significant change regarding Quinnipiac, as they now are in the employ of Rupert Murdoch.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 11:11AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

it remains to be seen if this is signifcant or not. Q has been polling for a while now with excellent results. Also, the WSJ has been commissioning polls for a long times and has never been Democrat friendly, yet they have commissioned many an accurate poll.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-07-24 11:23AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)
I just go off the phone with Quinnipiac Polling Institute. What they have is a polling agreement with the Journal and the Washington Post.
Such as:
OBAMA LEADS McCAIN IN FOUR BATTLEGROUND STATES,
QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY/WALL STREET JOURNAL/
WASHINGTONPOST.COM POLL FINDS
by jsfox 2008-07-24 11:27AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Ok now that sounds a bit different.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 11:35AM | 0 recs
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they are not employed by Rupert Murdoch. Do you know what QUinnipiac is? It's a university. They are employed in the University AND have a parternship agreement with the WSJ and the WaPo.

by LeftistAddiction 2008-07-24 11:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Yes I know and they are directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D. However when you are working for Rupert Murdoch, you are suspect as far as I'm concerned. And whether you'd like to believe it or not, you are working for the people who commission you to do the work.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 12:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

You are working for them, but that doens't mean that you have to compromise your ethics and your personal and professional reputations in doing so. For example, the Wall Street Journal had always been anti Democratic as far as I can remember, but Al Hunt worked there for years and did excellent work. If Q exclusively polled for Murdoch entities and Murdoch entities only, I'd be worried.

by Mayor McCheese 2008-07-24 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

I'm not saying we need to worry abot this, but I think we do need to be cautious.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 07:58PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

The poll was also sponsored by the Washington Post.  Did Murdoch buiy that as well.  And isn't Murdoch's daughter a big Obama supporter anyway.

Come on...this is drama.

by mashews 2008-07-24 11:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Yeah I'm sure Murdoch is influenced a lot by who is daughter is supporting.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 08:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Quinnipiac does polls for whoever is willing to pay for them. That doesn't give ownership of the polling company to whoever requested the poll.

Polls move all of the time. The first factor is the margin of error, then you have changing demographics from poll to poll, the wording of the questions, the order of the questions, etc...

I wouldn't get too upset just because Q Polls show a tightening in one poll release.

by MS01 Indie 2008-07-24 11:22AM | 0 recs
Qunnipiac U. is a reputed private University in

CT. Their polling institute is a reputed institution and one single polling sponsorship from WSJ and WaPo is not enough for them to besmirch that reputation. The Q-Pac methodologies are given as follows:


Methodology
Interviewing for the Quinnipiac University Poll is conducted from the facilities of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. Professionally trained students and non-students conduct the interviews using a CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing system). For a typical public opinion survey a randomly-selected sample of about 1,000 adults aged 18 and over are interviewed over a 5-6 day period.

For a sample of 1,000 adults, the sampling error is 3.1 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence. This means that 95 percent of the time, the results obtained should be no more than 3.1 percentage points above or below the figure that would be obtained by interviewing the entire population.

Mission Statement
The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute conducts timely and accurate public opinion polls on politics and public policy in Connecticut, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for academic research.

http://www.quinnipiac.edu/x2010.xml

This particular polling can well be an outlier or an indicator that we need to buckle up and work harder for Obama win...

by louisprandtl 2008-07-24 11:39AM | 0 recs
Here is another crap Murdoch controlled poll

According to the latest Fox News poll, Sen. Barack Obama barely edges Sen. John McCain among registered voters, 41% to 40%.

However, when asked which candidate will ultimately win in November, 51% say Obama, 27% say McCain while 22% are still unsure.

Stunning finding: 10% believe Obama is a Muslim while another 27% are unsure.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 11:39AM | 0 recs
just shut up, please

you are completely insane. Quinnipiac is one of the most reliable polling outlets out there. Its polling wave in June was VERY good for Obama. This one is hardly bad: he still leads in the Kerry states and trails by 2 in Colorado.

Do you really want to make progressive blogs completely non-credible?

by LeftistAddiction 2008-07-24 11:57AM | 0 recs
Re: just shut up, please

You disagree with my comment so I'm insane. you sound like some kind of troll.

by pollbuster 2008-07-24 12:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

I find Quinnipiac to be reliable, especially in the Mid Atlantic and NE region.  I would question the results of the COlorado Poll, as they do not have much experice polling there.

by NewOaklandDem 2008-07-24 12:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

It's stuff like this that makes me wonder if the Obama fans are not loosing their marbles. He's going to have problems in all these states as has pointed out a million times by the Clinton supporters who were dismissed as idiots. It's why I still put the odds on him putting her on the ticket. He needs her a lot more than he needs Wes Clark, John Edwards, Sam Nunn or any of the other non events that seem so popular.

by ottovbvs 2008-07-24 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Obama fans?  Please: leave the bad attitude back in the primaries.  

Besides, one of the people arguing that Quinnipiac is suspect was a Clinton supporter.  Most of the people saying that it's reliable are Obama supporters.

by Jess81 2008-07-24 06:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

Let's see, that must mean ALL polls are biased!!!!
CNN/USA Today- Gallup!
Marist Institute of Public Opinion/NBC!
Peter Hart/Wall Street Journal - OMG, it's MURDOCH AGAIN!!!!!!!
Bedbugs! Bedbugs everywhere!

We really do need a little less mindless paranoia around here.

There isn't a plot behind every bit of "bad" news.

by M1513 2008-07-24 12:50PM | 0 recs
It's JULY

Too early to really look at polls.

Wait until after both conventions before can determine anything about these polls.

by puma 2008-07-24 12:56PM | 0 recs
Re: Quinnipiac polls (Rupert Murdoch polls?)

The Q polls have always been biased against Obama.  I remember in the primaries they always had Obama way behind even when he was winning.  So, I am not surprised with these poll results.  I think that Q has a bias that leans away from Obama whether he runs against McBush, Hillary or whomever.

by Spanky 2008-07-24 01:07PM | 0 recs
Please

That's just ridiculous.  When the polls don't match what you want to be the reality- you blame the pollster?  Uhg.

by easyE 2008-07-24 09:24PM | 0 recs

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