Obama Campaign Says NYT Poll Is Biased

(Tuesday, May 15th, 2012)

The Washington Examiner reports:

Obama campaign deputy manager Stephanie Cutter dismissed today’s CBS/New York Times poll showing that 67 percent of people believed Obama made his decision on same-gender marriage for political reasons. Only 24 percent said that Obama did it “mostly because he thinks it is right.”

Host Chuck Todd asked Cutter about the poll, admitting that the methodology of the poll was different, because it was a callback poll. “Put those caveats aside that’s a lot of people saying that he did this for political reasons,” Todd said, noting that it was a 3-1 margin.

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“We can’t put the methodology of that poll aside, because the methodology was significantly biased.” Cutter insisted on MSNBC this morning.

When pressed by Todd, Cutter said that she didn’t want to bore the viewers with talk of methodology, but repeated that she believed the poll was flawed.

Todd encouraged her to continue. “They’re junkies, they like this stuff,” he said of his viewers.

“It’s a biased sample, so they re-biased the same sample,” she concluded.

This isn’t he first time the Obama campaign complained of methodology problems in polls that looked bad for the president. In April, David Axelrod complained that a Gallup poll showing Romney leading Obama was “saddled with some methodological problems.”

(Source: Washington Examiner)

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7 Comments

  1. avi732 says:

    V’nehapach, v’nehapach..

    Imagine that! You know its bad news for Obama if he’s kvetching about a NYT poll!

  2. hockintherock says:

    Ummmmmmm……..Why did Obama wait untill now to say his view and why did VP Biden have to appoligize to Obama for saying his view before the President’s view……I wonder !!!!!!!!!

  3. akuperma says:

    Since people answering polls tend to try to give the answer the pollster is looking for, a poll conducted by a liberal media, such as the New York Times, tends to represent the public as being to the “left”. That suggests that if the poll says some bad about Obama, the reality is worse.

    Given the Obama is quite obviously not gay, and has community ties to an anti-gay core group, it isn’t hard to assume that his supporters are shocked at his sudden change of position on the eve of a presidential campaign.

  4. Milhouse says:

    #3, it’s not quite so obvious. Does the name Larry St Clair ring any bells?

  5. proud orthodox jew says:

    For someone to take the time and call back to take a poll, that someone has got to feel strongly about the issue. The people who feel strongest about the same-sex marriage issue are the ones who are anti the idea. It therefore seems to be a very biased poll!

  6. ermajers says:

    Boy the democratic desperation is showing! If she can actually claim the NYTimes is biased AGAINST Obama and democrats, that’s pretty funny!

  7. WebEliahu says:

    This article is absolutely correct. This New York Times poll WAS biased, as all their polls are biased. In this particular poll the Times over-polled Democrats, meaning they under polled Republicans by 6 percentage points.

    Admittedly that is a bit less than their usual under-over biased polling.

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