The Worst Election Poll Ever Taken by Anyone

The Worst Election Poll Ever Taken by Anyone

The Worst Election Poll Ever Taken by Anyone

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Aug. 8 2012 10:19 AM

The Worst Election Poll Ever Taken by Anyone

On August 1, the Detroit Free Press released the results of an EPIC-MRA poll of the GOP primary in the 11th congressional district. The question: Would voters get behind the libertarian rancher who accidentally became the only candidate on the ballot, or would they write in well-known local pol Nancy Cassis?

[Sen. Nancy] Cassis, of Novi, is leading her rival Kerry Bentivolio of Milford 52% to 36% in Tuesday’s Republican primary for the 11th Congressional idstrict, even though Bentivolio’s name is the only one on the ballot.
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How could Bentivolio survive? Easily! He won 65.5% of the vote, helped by $500,000 of spending from the Ron Paul-inspired Super PAC Liberty for All. The EPIC poll was off by a mere 30 points.

Our lesson: Do not believe surveys that ask people what they think of candidates that aren't on the ballot. Additional lesson: Follow the money.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.