Des Moines Register Fails to Release Its Historic Poll, Bernie Supporters Are Not Amused

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Des Moines Register Fails to Release Its Historic Poll, Bernie Supporters Are Not Amused

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN and the Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


The Des Moines Register poll always issues a final Iowa poll right before the Iowa caucuses on Monday.

At least they always have for the last 76 years.

But they announced that this time, their CNN/Des Moines Register/Meidacom poll would not be released as was planned on Saturday night. They explained the reason was because “a candidate’s name was omitted in at least one interview in which the respondent was asked to name their preferred candidate” and they weren’t sure that it was isolated to one surveyor.

J. Ann Selzer, whose company conducts the Iowa Poll, said, “There were concerns about what could be an isolated incident. Because of the stellar reputation of the poll, and the wish to always be thought of that way, the heart-wrenching decision was made not to release the poll. The decision was made with the highest integrity in mind.”

CNN also cancelled the hour programming they had scheduled to cover the poll.

Reports say the candidate left off was Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Polling expert Nate Cohn says he isn’t getting it.

Some were not happy, particularly supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who thought there might be something more to it than a simple error or being overly scrupulous after the Buttigieg folks complained. Other recent polls had Sanders taking a lead over Joe Biden and the Sanders supporters thought perhaps that’s what the poll, if released, would have shown.

From Daily Wire:

Although the Des Moines Register abruptly pulled their poll Saturday night, after discovering that former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg may have been left off some questionnaires because of user error, both Monmouth and CBS News reported results in battleground tracker polls that put Sanders just one point ahead of Biden going into the final stretch.

According to CBS News/YouGov, Sanders has the support of 26% of likely caucus-goers, with Biden one point back at 25%. Buttigieg is also in the running for the lead at 22%, inside the poll’s 4% margin of error. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who once hoped for a win in Iowa to kick off an upstart campaign in early primary states, now trails well behind at 15%.

HT: Twitchy


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