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Public Policy Polling's history of oddities


In light of a questionable decision to withhold the results of a recent poll for what, at least on the surface, appear to be political reasons...

We draw your attention to two previous instances in which Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling raised some eyebrows.

1. The time George Zimmerman, having just been acquitted of charges in the fatal shooting of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, was named in a PPP poll question as a hypothetical Republican candidate for president in 2016. This, despite Zimmerman being a registered Democrat.

2. The time a PPP poll in October 2012 inexplicably asked respondents whether "conservative media want white people to think Barack Obama hates them."

To his credit, PPP's director Tom Jensen, on Twitter and through email, is diligent about responding to criticism and questions. But maybe furture decisions at the outfit deserve a little more thought.


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