Talk about your irony. The Daily Kos and Research 2000 fraudulent polling …
The LEFT has been hell bent on trying to bash Scott Rasmussen for bias polling because they do not like the results. Far be it from the LEFT top let the facts get in the way of a poll. Enter the Daily Kos and Research 2000 who KOS had contracted to do polling. It would appear according directly from the Daily Kos that the polling was a fraud and they intend to sue.
We contracted with Research 2000 to conduct polling and to provide us with the results of their surveys. Based on the report of the statisticians, it’s clear that we did not get what we paid for. We were defrauded by Research 2000, and while we don’t know if some or all of the data was fabricated or manipulated beyond recognition, we know we can’t trust it. Meanwhile, Research 2000 has refused to offer any explanation. Early in this process, I asked for and they offered to provide us with their raw data for independent analysis — which could potentially exculpate them. That was two weeks ago, and despite repeated promises to provide us that data, Research 2000 ultimately refused to do so.
I have to give Kos credit for coming forward with the story of publishing fraudulent polls, but I just cannot help but chuckle when I think of all the loons on the LEFT who tried to smear Scott Rasmussen and his polling data as being bias and in the tank for Republicans. I guess it’s just karma, baby. And looky here, its our very own Daily Kos writing a story questioning Rasmussen. Scott Rasmussen is the most trusted pollster in the business, Research 2000 is not and Kos has egg on their face.
Even after being busted and called out be the Daily Kos and eventual litigation to follow, the LEFT, here, here and here still cannot find it in them self to say that the Research 2000 polling data was fallacious, made up, a fraud.
What is curious to me in having analyzed many polls over the years is why it took so long for Kos to question and condemn the polling data? So often in recent memory a Research 2000 poll was an outlyer and seemed to provide the data that the LEFT wanted to hear. The Kos commissioned polls would tell us how crazy Republicans were. All of the data flew in the face of common, rational thought. However, the fact remains that the Daily Kos will be forever stained through search engines of this publishing of fraudulent polling. At what point should they have known better, rather than just having a pack mentality of salavating at the results? Maybe they can commission Scott Rasmussen next time if they want accurate polling.
I also wish he hadn’t been taken in by bad data, including this infamous poll which proves that Republicans are, like, the awfulest, stupidest people in the entire known universe. Given the patterns that the investigators who published on Kos have found, it seems like that poll is probably bunk–concocted or massaged to fit the thesis of the person who commissioned it. (Just to be clear, I don’t think Kos knew that this was happening. A customer who is told what he wants to hear is a customer who is happy to buy more polls.)
However, the fact that R2K has apparently been discredited will not prevent this poll from popping up, over and over, in the work of pundits and bloggers. The speed and openness with which Kos has exposed this problem is admirable. But we need to be even faster at sniffing out bad apples before they pollute the data barrel.
It does not seem to matter what the issues are, global warming, polling data, you name it. The LEFT just keeps making it up and spreading fabrications.