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Washington Post’s Horowitz profiles IVR pollster/Rasmussen Reports founder Scott Rasmussen: “Rasmussen has become a driving force in American politics. As cash-strapped newspapers and television networks struggle to meet the growing demand for polls, Rasmussen, 54, is supplying reams of cheap, automated surveys that will measure — and maybe move — opinion, especially as primary season gives way to the … midterm elections.” Rasmussen “is an articulate and frequent guest on Fox News and other outlets, where his nominally nonpartisan data is often cited to support” GOP “talking points.” Last Oct., he hired his own comm. dir. “to handle the daily deluge of press calls.” Rasmussen “has a mini-TV studio in his office.”
Rasmussen “said he is simply a ‘scorekeeper,’ but his spike in clout has sharpened skepticism about how he tracks the dip” in Dem fortunes. “Frustrated liberals suspect sorcery.” DailyKos.com founder Markos Moulitsas “has accused the pollster of ‘setting the narrative that Democrats are doomed’” with “numbers that fuel hours” of GOP-boosting on talk radio and cable.
“The old guard of the polling industry charges that Rasmussen merely makes educated guesses, like a market-savvy contestant on a political ‘The Price Is Right,’ and considers him a threat to the standards of an industry already facing existential challenges. Those traditional peers fear Rasmussen’s rise signals the fall of the in-depth probing that politicians, policymakers and reporters have turned to for more than half a century.” Rasmussen: “That has never been our niche.”
Rasmussen’s “expansion has made some of the old guard queasy.” National Journal’s/Pollster.com’s Blumenthal “put Rasmussen in the category of pollsters whose aim, first and foremost, is ‘to get their results talked about on cable news.’ Blumenthal: “The firm manages to violate nearly everything I was taught what a good survey should do.”
FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver “faults Rasmussen for polling only likely voters, which reduces the pool to ‘political junkies.’” Pew Research Center dir. of survey research/American Assn for Public Opinion Research VP Scott Keeter: “It paints a picture of an electorate that is potentially madder than it really is. And potentially more conservative than it really is.”
Rasmussen “said he didn’t take the criticism personally, but he grew visibly annoyed when asked why he didn’t make his data — especially the percentage of people who responded to his firm’s calls — more transparent.” Rasmussen: “If I really believed for a moment that if we played by the rules of AAPOR or somebody else they would embrace us as part of the club, we would probably do that. But, number one, we don’t care about being part of the club.”
That irritation “extended toward traditional news outlets” — including the Washington Post — “that have refused to cite his polls.” Rasmussen “added that he thinks Americans really are interested only in horse-race polling.” Rasmussen: “That’s a reality you should deal with” (6/17).
Meanwhile, Moulitsas tweeted 6/16 that he hoped to have a new pollster for his site in place by 7/1 (Hotline Twitter-watch, 6/16).
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