In a couple of days the long awaited first GOP debate of the election season will commence…….and there has been much written about the format that FOX News will use…..it seems only the 10 top candidates in the national polls will be allowed on stage at this first attempt to find a candidate….
The problem most people have is that it is not a good representation of quality candidates but rather who has the biggest mouth and the most absurd stands…….
It appears that some of the pollsters are coming to their senses……..(reported in Political Wire)………
“The Marist Institute of Public Opinion has suspended its polling of the GOP primary field in protest of how polls are being used to determine debate participants,” Politico reports.
“The poll, which is done in conjunction with McClatchy, is one of the more well-respected national polls regularly conducted. But Lee Miringoff, the director of the Marist Institute, told McClatchy that they’re suspending their poll for this week because the debate criteria assumes the polls are more precise than they are in reality.”
I think they are right in their conclusions…..but I question the timing. If this is truly what they feel then why wait until a couple days before the debate to withhold their polls? Why not a month ago? Or 2 or 3?
What purpose does it serve to pull it now? Or a better question is what is their benefit of pulling the polls? Was this a genuine concern or was it simply a marketing ploy?
Tell me what you think is behind this move…….