Mourdock Camp Questions Independent Poll Results
The campaign of Indiana Republican Senate nominee Richard Mourdock on Friday called on longtime Hoosier State political observer Brian Howey to release the unweighted data for a poll he published in his eponymous newsletter that showed Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly leading by 11 percentage points.
The Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll was conducted by a bipartisan team of pollsters: Democrat Fred Yang, of Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group in Washington and Republican Christine Matthews, of Bellwether Research in Alexandria, Va. The poll is at odds with internal data released with great frequency by the Mourdock campaign since his controversial comments about women who become pregnant as a result of rape last week.
"Fred Yang is a well-known Democrat who works for the DSCC and has a clear conflict of interest in this race," said Brose McVey, Mourdock's deputy campaign manager. "Christine Matthews is backpedaling on this poll. Brian Howey scrambled together a conference call this morning to defend his weighted poll data, but said he won't release the original, unweighted data and cross tabs. Given these facts, Hoosiers have every right to be skeptical of this survey and we call on Brian Howey to change his position and release the unweighted data and cross tabs of this alleged poll."
But Matthews disputes the notion that she's "backtracking" from the survey. In an email to Hotline On Call, she asserted that comments she made on Twitter about the poll were misinterpreted.