Daily Kos admits fraud by polling partner

Timothy Kincaid

June 29th, 2010

What do you do when your polling partner turns out to be fabricating results?

On response might be to drop the pollster and quietly make a different partnership. In that way you could hush it up hoping to avoid embarrassment.

Daily Kos has taken a different path. Rather than try and keep it all “in house”, they have publicly announced that their polling partner committed fraud and denounced any results that Daily Kos had published.

As difficult as it has been to learn that we were victims of that fraud, our commitment to accuracy and the truth is far more important than shielding ourselves from cheap shots from the Right.

Frankly, I was a bit suspicious of some polling that was reported by Research 2000 and am not surprised at the announcement. Some of it seemed to be a bit too convenient for Daily Kos’ worldview and I assumed that push polling was happening on the part of both Research 2000 and the website.

I am delighted to be wrong about Markos Moulitsas (Daily Kos’ founder) and by taking the high road he has gained my respect.

Jarred

June 30th, 2010

It would be nice if the ex-gay and anti-gay industries (as if they’re separate) would take note of this and demonstrate similar moral fiber in the future.

CLS

June 30th, 2010

Good to admit the error but I’m more ambiguous about the admission than you are. They were contacted by a team of academics who researched the claims and had written an expose of the poll, showing it to be bogus. Given that the facts were now being exposed anyway they didn’t have much choice in the matter, since the truth was coming out whether they admitted it or not.

I am not saying they wouldn’t have done this had they not been backed up to the wall by the expose. I am just saying that when no choice exists you can’t tell how someone actually would have acted had a choice been offered.

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