After polling error, Gary Johnson's camp questions validity of new poll | KOB 4

After polling error, Gary Johnson's camp questions validity of new poll

Joy Wang
November 02, 2018 05:16 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— Former New Mexico governor and Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate is calling foul after his name was left off a poll.


“I think it's very unfortunate that this could have a negative impact on people going to the polls and voting and that's not good for the system or for anybody,” said Ron Neilson, who is Johnson’s longtime adviser.

Carroll Strategies admitted to the mistake, saying it accidentally replaced Johnson’s name with someone else’s.

The company ran a new poll, a day after releasing the results from the poll, which featured an error.

The new poll had Johnson in a distant third, with 8 percent support, behind Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Mick Rich.

“I've seen some that are showing him as 24, 25 or higher,” Neilson said.

Although KOB was the first to receive the results of the poll, it doesn’t pay for it to be conducted. KOB also did not review the poll questions in advance.

Carroll Strategies has produced what they call the Carroll Poll for years.

“It's not good when these kinds of errors occur, but the most important thing is to fix them quickly,” said pollster Tom Carroll. “He's actually doing well for a Libertarian. A libertarian usually comes in at about 3 percent, so he's got almost triple that.”

The automated phone poll questioned 1,200 likely voters with landlines, a strategy Carroll said still gives them accurate results.

“The landline can be very accurate, just as accurate as if we go to cell phones,” Carroll said.

However, Nielson disagrees with that strategy and the way the polls were done.

“It's not a live interview or asking questions, so these types of polls are not generally considered as accurate,” Nielson said.


Joy Wang

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