I try not to respond to most inane ramblings by Chris Fitzsimon over at the NC Justice Center, but since he’s decided to distort the truth and omit critical pieces of information about our polling, I figured it was time.
Fitzsimon has been a bit flustered the past few months that we at Civitas do not send out press releases on every single poll question we ask. Considering that our polling is 35-40 questions in length each month, the mountains of press releases we’d have to produce would be unrealistic. Instead, we choose to highlight the key results in the poll through individual releases and then publish the entire results of the poll a few weeks later. Apparently that’s not good enough for him.
Now, this week Fitzsimon attempts to compare Obama’s favorability numbers from our May poll to our June poll — saying that Obama’s number’s “jumped 15 points.” On the surface, that is true. But Fitzsimon is misleading the readers of his column into thinking the polls are the same, when in fact they were conducted by two different pollsters (May by National Research Group, June by Tel Opinion Research) using two completely different likely voter screens. Fitzsimon knows this because he reads our press releases thoroughly and it’s stated right there in each one who the pollster is and what the methodology for that poll is. So in this case, he’s not lying, he’s just intentionally omitting facts to attempt to discredit Civitas polling.
Second, in an attempt to completely grasp at the last straw of his dignity, Fitzsimon attempts to say that including “leaners” in head-to-head matchups is somehow inappropriate. Again, Fitzsimon knows better and knows that this is a common practice in polling to allow undecided voters to choose which way they are favoring.
At the end of the day, Fitzsimon and the lefties have no choice but to run down Civitas polling simply because they don’t like the results. In true Clintonesque fashion, he can’t win philosophical arguments so he turns to the politics of personal (or in this case, institutional) destruction. How sad.