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Poll Predicting Giron Recall Goes Unpublished

by Robert W. Hunnicutt   |  September 12th, 2013 3
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An interesting little sidelight has emerged from the successful Colorado recall election. Public Policy Polling, a firm widely used by media outlets like National Public Radio, polled likely voters in state Sen. Angela Giron’s district and calculated she was going to lose by 12 points. The eventual margin of loss? Twelve points.

You’d think that constituted a ringing endorsement of PPP’s polling methodology, but the problem is PPP never released the poll.

According to PPP’s Tom Jensen, “We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12-point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points, I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers because she was indeed recalled by 12 points.”

As we have seen so often before, even smart people who know better can be victims of Pauline Kael Syndrome. You will recall Kael, a longtime cinema critic for The New York Times, was astounded when Richard Nixon won reelection in 1972.

“How could Nixon have won,” a plaintive Kael asked. “No one know voted for him!”

There are those who have accused PPP of suppressing the poll in an effort to help Giron. It could just as logically be argued that suppressing it hurt her chances by encouraging complacency. I suspect PPP personnel had no particular horse in the race; they just couldn’t believe a result that so radically challenged their own ideas.

Jensen went on to say, “We did find on the poll though that voters in the district had a favorable opinion of the NRA by a 53/33 margin. And I think when you see the final results, what that indicates is they just did a good job of turning the election more broadly into do you support gun rights or are you opposed to them. If voters made their decision based on the actual pretty unobtrusive laws that Giron helped get passed, she likely would have survived. But the NRA won the messaging game and turned it into something bigger than it was—even if that wasn’t true—and Giron paid the price.”

You can see a light bulb turning on there, if dimly. Because the anti-gunners are never satisfied—just look at California for your proof—we are obliged to fight like tigers against every erosion of 2nd Amendment rights. When you understand that you can never accept losing, your intensity is always going to be greater than an opponent who figures he can come back again next year.

That this continues to be a surprise to the media and their subsidiaries shows just how obtuse they can be, even when their own research shows the reality in black and white.

  • boy

    To limit the people of Colorado to 15 rounds of ammunition and not the offical, millitary or ploice is subverting the 2nd Ammendment. THE CITIZEN HAS THE RIGHT to maintain sufficient armament to guarantee the advantage to stave off a tyrannical government. The citizen is to be afforded this advantage not the government.
    Senator Angela Giron, “Subverter of The 2nd Amendment”, Democrat, removed from office.
    Senator John Morse, “Subverter of The 2nd Amendment”, Democrat, removed from office.

  • endthedrugwar

    Morse and Giron don’t even follow their own logic. The law they passed actually limits us Colorado citizens to under-capacity magazines holding no more than 8 rounds, but then without any explanation Morse and Giron and all the other Democrats decided the 8-round limit would only apply to shotguns, and handguns and rifles would instead get almost double at 15 rounds. WTF? If they really believed an arbitrary number of rounds prevents murder, then they would of course have made the law apply that same number to all firearms, not just some. That they don’t even follow their own alleged logic proves they don’t believe in their own law themselves, and that they passed that law just because they hate guns and hate self-defense rights. Who would say that if someone is defending their life with a firearm, then an under-capacity magazine is all they should be allowed to have to fight off an attacker? Morse and Giron apparently, and that’s why they were just voted out of office. And governor Hickenlooper and the rest will get the boot in 14 months at the next election.

  • Mike Smith

    She is gone, don’t mess with our guns is the message sent.

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