Rasmussen Polling is Useless

The Republican is at 45%, the Democrat has 39%, and some other candidate is getting 5% of the vote in Virginia’s gubernatorial race. I wonder who the other candidate could be? Maybe there’s a bunch of other candidates on the ballot and together they’re polling 5%?

Nope. There are only three candidates on the ballot. Russ Potts is the “some other candidate” that this survey refers to.

Frankly, this is the stupidest and most useless poll I’ve ever seen. You have an independent candidate who’s very recently been polling at 9% of the vote. There are many people supporting him, he’s raised a half million dollars, and he’s a State Senator!

Here’s their explanation for refusing to say his name:

The August survey finds Kilgore leading Kaine 45% to 39%. Five percent (5%) of voters say they will vote for some other candidate.

State Senator Russell Potts is running as a third option for voters. His name was not included in the survey. Instead, voters were given the option of supporting “some other candidate.”

Rasmussen Reports believes that this approach produces a more reliable measure of support for minor candidates in most situations. During Election 2004, Rasmussen Reports did not include Ralph Nader by name.

If he wins, will Rasmussen mention him by name if they’re polling his approval ratings?

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5 Responses to “Rasmussen Polling is Useless”

  1. Tim West Says:

    You can bet that the GOP paid for that poll. Thats why it’s listed the way that is.

    and I hate to say it, but the “paparazzi” ad with the shutter is so annoying I cant stay on a page that it’s on. Bad ad.

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  3. Brent Says:

    I’m pretty sure the Republicans are gonna win even with the RINO running as an independent.

  4. R.D. Says:

    On the contrary, this is the first time I’ve seen the Republican candidate leading a poll.

  5. Stephen Gordon Says:

    Rasmussen does deserve a partial defense, but not for this specific case mentioned.

    During the last presidential races, they did produce a lot of Badnarik polling data, and once for Russo.

    As I was the manager of the Russo for President campaign, and communications director for the Badnarik campaign, it is important to note that we paid for these results. My recollection is that we did poll on Nader a few times, but kept those results “off the record” in most, but not all cases. We didn’t poll Nader in states where he was not on the ballot, as a general rule.

    Rasmussen only conducted national polls (without a state-by-state breakout) about presidential preference last election cycle, to the best of my knowledge. With Nader’s significant ballot access problems last time around, I am sure Rasmussen was in a quandary about how to deal with the issue considering the complications of his methodology. Whenever he (or someone from his office) spoke, he (twice, if memory serves correctly) asked about the latest ballot access rumors.

    Rasmussen certainly has taken some lead and risk (although been paid for it, most of the time) with respect to third party politics. By the same token, there is no reason, considering his polling methods, that he should not have included the name Russel Potts, as I understand the story.

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