Skip to comments.Perry's egghead, Fox's pollster
Posted on 09/02/2011 9:18:19 AM PDT by Al B.
Fox News released its first poll Thursday since Rick Perry's entry into the presidential race, showing the Texas governor drawing 26 percent of the GOP primary vote and leading Mitt Romney by 8 points.
What caught one reader's attention, though, wasn't the size of Perry's lead, but the name of Fox's Republican pollster: Shaw & Company Research, a Texas-based firm that conducts the Fox survey in cooperation with the Democratic pollster Anderson Robbins Research. Continue Reading
The Shaw in Shaw & Company is Daron Shaw, a University of Texas political science professor and veteran of several GOP campaigns, whose name has been in the news a bit lately.
That's because Shaw is one of the starring players in Sasha Issenberg's e-book, "Rick Perry and His Eggheads: Inside the Brainiest Political Operation in America," which details a groundbreaking set of experiments that Shaw and three other academics conducted inside Perry's 2006 reelection campaign.
The Perry campaign allowed the so-called eggheads to run tests on "anything [they] could figure out how to randomize, from lawn signs to television ads," Issenberg writes, and they assembled a provocative set of findings on which kinds of campaign tactics really work.
Fast forward five years and Perry is running for president and Shaw is one of the lead pollsters for the most influential cable network, by far, among GOP primary voters.
Shaw told me this morning that there's no conflict of interest involved, since he wasn't paid by Perry for the campaign experiments and "because we're stupid, we never entered into any business relationship with Perry."
Nor, he said, was his role to advise Perry's reelection bid on strategy: "We'd just present the results and then the Perry people would do want they want."
Shaw was an analyst on the 1992 George H. W. Bush reelection campaign and the 2000 George W. Bush campaign. He and his Democratic counterpart, Chris Anderson, took over the Fox News poll earlier this year, but Shaw has been on the decision desk for the network going back to the 2002 cycle.
Though he has worked in political consulting, Shaw said he doesn't take federal or gubernatorial clients so as to avoid "even the appearance of a conflict of interest."
I said this did not meet the smell test, fox needs to get a new pollster, I said nothing about other polls.
LOL...that’s how I took it, given the nature of the poll and the way the Palin question just appeared out of the blue.
Sorry, but this poll was conducted to injure Perry. The lead off last night by Chris Wallace was the inane question in this poll: “Which candidate is too extreme?”
Wallace led with that at 6 pm and Perry looks bad on that question and Romney looks like St Francis communing with the gentle creatures.
If you haven’t figured out that Fox’s pick is Mitt Romney, then you have been listening.
Did you hear O’Reilly support RomneyCare point by point last night?
Yep. We sure did. Fox is in cahoots to try to stop her. This guy is sleazy. To what depths will he sink?
I haven’t been too impressed with Perry’s progressive style campaign. Seems a bit too similar to those used by Obama and his academics.
I love our corporate media masters. They always have our best interest at heart.
and why FOX NEWS can kiss my ass
fair and balanced ?
and where is the RUSH THREAD TODAY
Don't got one? lol
OH@! that's right! they are all in on it! it's a conspiracy!
LOL. Sell your theory elsewhere.
It’s apparent to anyone that the Fox is wearing Mittens.
This is nothing new for Fox! They are shameful
this is a rather funny and insightful thread.
I didn’t find Rush’s thread either! Well, we’re here and I pinged Rush!
I keep saying it over and over, the “science” of political polling is dead! It is NOT just Fox, it is all of them! Each and every pollster has an agenda, this is not even debatable.
It was also constructed to injure EVERY conservative republican candidate, to include Sarah Palin if she decides to run:
Another part of the poll was: Blame Bush or Blame Obama?
A huge majority said: Blame Bush.
Who will you support if Palin decides not to run?
saw it.....and TGO too...wouldn’t miss TGO tonight for anything
From Animal House to Storm Trooper in one easy lesson.
In a field of 8 or 9, 26% is a commanding lead. The important question not mentioned is “who is your second choice if your first is not available?”. If a candidate leads among second choices, he or she can easily win the nomination.
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