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RNC Will Host GOP Pollsters Next Week

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

photo of Steven Shepard
May 10, 2013

Fewer than two months since the Republican National Committee unveiled a series of five recommendations to address inaccurate poll numbers collected during the 2012 election cycle, the RNC is inviting the party's pollsters to their headquarters on Capitol Hill next week.

The gathering, set for May 15, is similar to meetings convened by the National Republican Congressional Committee in which top GOP pollsters discussed why the party's surveys failed to predict the extent of Republican losses in 2012. The NRCC meetings, first reported in March by Politico, haven't produced an official set of recommendations, though pollsters involved in the process say most of the solutions have centered on increasing the number of calls placed to respondents via cell phone, including Spanish-language interviews in districts with significant Hispanic populations and increasing sample sizes to reduce the margin of error, particularly for key subgroups.

Those resemble the recommendations made in the RNC's Growth and Opportunity Project report, issued in March. One recommendation stated: "The RNC should strongly encourage that all Republican surveys include no less [sic] than 25 percent cell phone subsamples and recognize that in certain states and districts a higher number may be required."

Because the RNC has already made a set of recommendations, it isn't clear why it has invited pollsters to meet, though one invited participant believes the meetings are likely to be similar to the NRCC summits -- reviews of the 2012 polling and a discussion of remedies for the 2014 cycle.

"We weren't given many details," said the invitee, who was not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly.

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