DailyKos founder and extreme liberal Markos Moulitsas is asking poll-trackers to remove from their sites what he calls the “bunk” Research 2000 polls he once sponsored, after he expressed doubt on the accuracy of the company’s numbers. And if poll-trackers comply, some Republicans could see a bump in their poll averages on those sites.
For example, a Research 2000 poll commissioned by the liberal blog for the Nevada Senate race from late May to June shows Democratic Sen. Harry Reid leading Republican Sharron Angle by six points. With that poll included in the average, one poll-tracking site, Real Clear Politics, shows Angle with a +1.3 average lead over Reid. If Real Clear Politics removes the Research 2000 poll showing Reid with a six-point advantage from it’s tracking, Angle’s average would increase from +1.3 to a +5 average, according to the calculation by The Daily Caller.
On Tuesday, Moulitsas said he has reason to believe the polls they commissioned from Research 2000 are not accurate, and that he plans to file suit against the polling company. “We were defrauded by Research 2000,” Moulitsas wrote on his blog Tuesday, “and while we don’t know if some or all of the data was fabricated or manipulated beyond recognition, we know we can’t trust it.” Research 2000’s president, Del Ali, denies the charges.
Daily Kos has published the polls for a year and half. Earlier this month, FiveThirtyEight.com rated Research 2000 as among the least accurate pollsters in predicting election results, leading to Daily Kos terminating their relationship.