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GALLUP POLLING DROPS CNN AFTER 'LOW RATINGS'; FULL MEMO REVEALED
Drudge Report ^ | March 21, 2006

Posted on 03/21/2006 4:43:24 PM PST by RWR8189

GALLUP POLLING DROPS CNN AFTER 'LOW RATINGS'; FULL MEMO REVEALED
Tue Mar 21 2006 19:01:37 ET

The GALLUP polling company has dropped CNN as its outlet for electronic distribution.

GALLUP, CNN and USA TODAY have been polling partners since 1992.

"CNN has far fewer viewers than it did in the past, and we feel that our brand was getting lost and diluted," GALLUP claimed in an internal memo, obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.

CNN tells TVNEWSER.COM, which first reported the split: "We want to make it clear that the decision to not renew our polling arrangement had to do with GALLUP's desire to produce their own broadcasts and not about CNN viewership figures. In fact, GALLUP had negotiated with us for four months in an effort to extend the partnership."

**EXCLUSIVE**The full memo, by Jim Clifton, Chairman & CEO of GALLUP:

We have chosen "not" to renew our contract with CNN.

We have had a great partnership with CNN but it is not the right alignment for our future. The longtime partnership has been very helpful to The Gallup Poll as it put us "back big" fifteen years ago when our famous Gallup Poll had lost most of its national coverage. Our CNN partnership helped us make a great comeback. We had a great run as we just cut our 4000th segment this week.

The Gallup Poll will go on with more polling than ever, but with new distribution channels.

WHY. 1) CNN has far fewer viewers than it did in the past and we feel that our brand was getting lost and diluted combined with the CNN brand. We have only about 200 thousand viewers during our CNN segments.

2) We are creating our own e-broadcasting programs and we don't want to be married to one broadcast network. We don't want to move to another network like CBS or Fox but rather become our own network. We cannot do this while married to CNN.

3) By dissolving our partnership with CNN we believe that Frank and other Gallup analysts will be seen as more independent so they will be more likely to be invited on a wide variety of television shows rather than primarily linked to CNN. We believe with this new found independence, we will get covered by more broadcast media because we are not the poll of their competitor.

4) We have enthusiastically renewed our print partner, USA Today. They have arguably the best readership of any newspaper in the world. It has approximately 2.4 mil subscriptions and 7.5 mil readers per day. Far more than the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. And it has substantial international coverage for being a US paper. We also believe that print is a much needed way to present our polls for those interested in studying a chart or reading analysis.

In the big picture, USA Today supplies more than 10x the users per day than CNN. USA Today is our 800lb paperboy. Or the primary distributor of The Gallup Poll. We want to have two primary distribution channels. 1) USA Today and 2) e-Gallup News. We will go on any regular TV show for guest appearances because it will help build our e-viewership. We also will be featured on AOL's front page for news. The AOL e-distribution will likely add more eyeballs per day than all of CNN.

This is a big move for us. We have to boldly change and invent new futures for Gallup or we will not survive the hurricane of competition coming from all directions in everything we do. I personally proposed the deal to Ted Turner about fifteen years ago while backstage at a "People's Choice" event and then again at their headquarters in Atlanta. It has been a great partnership and one that has meant a lot to this CEO. One in which we have all been very proud and one where we delivered our very best work every week. We have offered to help CNN find a new polling partner and to be as helpful as we can during this transition.

Jim

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biasmeanslayoffs; cnn; dinosaurmedia; drudge; gallup; msm; msmwoes; polls; trysellingthetruth
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To: RWR8189
THIS

is cnn.

81 posted on 03/21/2006 10:06:21 PM PST by rvoitier (Democrat Party = Culture of Treason)
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To: RWR8189

So CNN has lower 'ratings' than the President? ;o)


82 posted on 03/21/2006 10:06:35 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: rvoitier

Naa.......those CAN'T be for real, can they??

CAN they???

LOL!!!!


83 posted on 03/21/2006 10:08:55 PM PST by Bradís Gramma
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To: RWR8189
The Lib rats desert the sinking Lib propaganda flagship. Not enough cheese left thats not underwater.
84 posted on 03/21/2006 10:11:30 PM PST by TUX
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To: TUX

Happy Dance here!! Woohoo........


85 posted on 03/21/2006 10:17:51 PM PST by Shortstop7
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the ping!


86 posted on 03/21/2006 10:20:01 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: Milhous

Looks like some good reading 4 ltr there, milhous


87 posted on 03/21/2006 10:21:17 PM PST by 4woodenboats (The GOP was created by those opposed to Southern Democrat Plantation Slavery...)
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To: Cecily

Who is Nancy Grace?? Have seen her name a few times lately here. Still don't know who she is though. . .


88 posted on 03/21/2006 10:22:59 PM PST by used2BDem (Navy Vet (Navy Mom))
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To: RWR8189
Gallup doen't want to appear biased, so they go with the fishwrap that hired michael moore to be their correspondent at the 2004 (R) Presidential Convention.

Greasin' the wheels of the train to hell, boss, gotta keep greasin' them wheels....LOL

89 posted on 03/21/2006 10:25:58 PM PST by 4woodenboats (The GOP was created by those opposed to Southern Democrat Plantation Slavery...)
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To: Normal4me
Polls are based on public opinion in which most of the public gets their biased "news" in 30 minute increments from biased sources....What has changed?

They want to measure the effectiveness of the propaganda campaign across a wider spectrum of the faithful, not just the choir.

90 posted on 03/21/2006 10:27:44 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: RWR8189

91 posted on 03/21/2006 10:29:11 PM PST by Main Street (Stuck in traffic)
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To: RWR8189

AMERICA DROPS CNN


92 posted on 03/21/2006 11:33:41 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: Judith Anne
When I think of all the times CNN abused their position and used it to throw out that bleeping propaganda, knowing that people had NO alternative (until the internet and Fox News), I just have to gloat. Sweet justice. Now the question remain who is going to fund and distribute Gallup's propaganda polls?
93 posted on 03/22/2006 12:22:47 AM PST by Once-Ler (Principled conservatives don't vote for $trillion budgets and blame Dubya for signing them.)
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To: RWR8189
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94 posted on 03/22/2006 3:22:02 AM PST by barker (Growing older is NOT for wimps.)
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To: Milhous

LOL


95 posted on 03/22/2006 4:32:07 AM PST by bmwcyle (We got permits, yes we DO! We got permits, how 'bout YOU?;))
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To: eyespysomething; JLS
Oh, that is so schadenfraud!

Um, "Schadenfreude" is what you meant. "Schaden" means "Damage" or "Too bad", "Freude" is "joy". Put them together and you get the joy of someone else's pain.

"Fraud" doesn't mean anything.

96 posted on 03/22/2006 4:35:11 AM PST by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit (God is such a good idea that if He didn't exist we would have to invent Him)
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To: Brad's Gramma

The best entertainment on CNN is their caption guy :)


97 posted on 03/22/2006 6:16:06 AM PST by xp38
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To: Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit

Yeah I realized that afterwards, but maybe I was combining the German word schaden with the english word fraud. Damage the fraud?

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Besides, shouldn't that word be in the spellcheck?

;-)


98 posted on 03/22/2006 7:06:48 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: devolve

That one made me LOL!
I LOVE pigpen!
He's looking good. ;o)

Thank you!


99 posted on 03/22/2006 7:50:53 AM PST by dixiechick2000 (There ought to be one day-- just one-- when there is open season on senators. ~~ Will Rogers)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Could Gallup make it anymore crystal clear? No one watches CNN. The network is going down the drain. Gallup doesn't want to be associated with a company on the way down to rock bottom.

Sayanora, Jon Klein, I can't imagine you'll have a job after this debacle.


100 posted on 03/22/2006 8:52:29 AM PST by Pop Fly
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