Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Public Policy Polling to begin including more Libertarian candidates in North Carolina polls

From the Public Policy Polling blog:

We'll include Libertarian Senate candidate Christopher Cole (as well as Lieutenant Governor candidate Phillip Rhodes) in our tracking poll for the first time next week.

The last two polls on the race have shown pretty different levels of support for Cole. A recent internal poll for Elizabeth Dole that her campaign leaked showed Cole at 6%. But the most recent Civitas poll showed him at just 2%.

We've consistently been showing more support for the Libertarian candidates than Civitas, so I thought that was perhaps somehow related to IVR. But the Dole poll doesn't support that theory. We'll see soon enough how Cole performs in our polling.

A heartfelt thanks to Tom Jensen and all the other good folks at PPP; for legitimate third-party candidates to stand a chance, polling organizations have to treat them like they're real.

1 comment:

David said...

Most people don't vote by polls. Jesse was said to be polling 10% and won the governorship. The reason polls matter in some of these states is that the media uses them to justify lazy coverage.