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Emails suggest Axelrod leaned on Gallup after unfavorable poll
Fox News.com ^ | Sep 6, 2012 | Fox News .com

Posted on 09/08/2012 6:40:57 PM PDT by BerryDingle

Employees at the venerable Gallup polling firm suggested they felt threatened by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod when he questioned the methodology of a mid-April poll showing Mitt Romney leading the president – according to internal emails published Thursday. That poll showed Romney leading Obama 48-43 percent. The exchange, according to emails published by The Daily Caller, started when Axelrod sent a tweet saying the tracking poll was “saddled with some methodological problems” and directing followers to a National Journal story in which a professor suggested outdated sampling. According to the email chain titled “Axelrod vs. Gallup,” the White House in addition asked that a Gallup staffer “come over and explain our methodology,” which was apparently perceived as a subtle threat. A Gallup official said in an email he thought Axelrod’s pressure “sounds a little like a Godfather situation.” “Imagine Axel[rod] with Brando’s voice: ‘I’d like you to come over and explain your methodology…You got a nice poll there … would be a shame if anything happened to it… .’” The exchanges also show that Gallup invited White House officials to its Washington offices, but it remains unclear whether any of the meetings occurred. However, when Gallup declined to change its polling methodology, the Obama administration’s Justice Department revived a 2009 whistle-blower lawsuit against the firm by joining the suit, a senior Gallup official alleges. The suit was filed by former Gallup employee Michael Lindley, who claims the firm violated the False Claims Act by overcharging the federal government for its services. Gallup declined to talk about the issue. Calls to the Justice Department, the White House and the Obama campaign have not been returned. Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs told The Washington Times this week that he was unaware of any communications between the campaign and Gallup.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: axelrod; elections; gallup; obama; veryoldnews
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1 posted on 09/08/2012 6:41:02 PM PDT by BerryDingle
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To: BerryDingle

Gallup has lost any credibility that they had left. They are now nothing more than a DNC campaign tool.


2 posted on 09/08/2012 6:43:14 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DNC convention is proof that Americans still love a good freak show.)
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To: BerryDingle

So....will we, or will we not, finally turn our backs on all MSM, including polling data, and simply get on with it?


3 posted on 09/08/2012 6:44:12 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: BerryDingle

So today Gallop releases a poll showing Obama up by 5 and Obama job approval 50 to 40 percent Romney LOL..its so obvious that Gallop was pressured by the Obama Administration to screw around with the numbers. THIS is what a Communist regime looks like people. You’d expect this type of gestapo tactics in North Korea, NOT in America, THIS is why Obama needs to be kicked out of office


4 posted on 09/08/2012 6:46:07 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Puckster

There sure are lots of stories of warped polls out, which have been doctored to make it appear that Obama is more popular than he really is.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 6:47:54 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Then, if Obama loses this election, will the liberals claim voter fraud, due to all these pre-election polls showing Obama ahead????????

I’ve heard stories that liberals claimed the 2004 election was stolen. And their evidence was that exit polls early on election day showed a big Kerry victory developing.

But, then the liberals couldn’t believe the actual results when the actual votes were counted.

Leave it to liberals to cite exit polls as more accurate than actual votes cast by actual voters.


6 posted on 09/08/2012 6:52:51 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: FlingWingFlyer

As far as I’m concerned, polls were designed to cause voters to “think a certain way” which is why Axelrod is litigating.


7 posted on 09/08/2012 6:55:57 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

“Then, if Obama loses this election, will the liberals claim voter fraud, due to all these pre-election polls showing Obama ahead????????”

Count on it. BLOAT. And carry.


8 posted on 09/08/2012 6:56:45 PM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: BerryDingle

Most people in this country make their political decisions from 20 second sound bites given to them by the state controlled “media”. Sad but true.


9 posted on 09/08/2012 6:57:42 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DNC convention is proof that Americans still love a good freak show.)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Tonight I went to see “2016: Obama’s America”, and I came away even more scared about a 2nd Obama term. It is totally frightening in detail and facts. The biggest traitors to this country is the media, who have refused to vet this guy, and who would be the very first to fall in a dictatorship. They have sold their souls to the devil. May they be damned!!!!


10 posted on 09/08/2012 6:59:11 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: Sarah Barracuda

In the video, you see Valerie Jarrett sitting in the background as Axelrod is talking to Obama.


11 posted on 09/08/2012 7:01:21 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle

Chicago mob hits Gallup, Obama leads in poll.


12 posted on 09/08/2012 7:08:44 PM PDT by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: BerryDingle

LOL! This is like the pilot who doesn’t like what the altimeter is telling him, so he tears it out of his airplane.

As he is crashing.


13 posted on 09/08/2012 7:09:16 PM PDT by Forgiven_Sinner (Seek you first the kingdom of God, and all things will be given to you.)
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To: LibFreeUSA

They are finally showing the film in my area(Not super close to my area but close enough) a big part of me wants to see the film, but another part of me is scared to, because I already know what Obama’s America is going to look like if he wins, dont need a film to see what it will look like..but if I do see the movie it might frighten me even more.
When you went to see it today was your theater packed? Hopefully the undecided voters will see this film and see their future if Obama wins


14 posted on 09/08/2012 7:10:46 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: BerryDingle


DAMN THE POLLS! FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!
15 posted on 09/08/2012 7:13:35 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (I need a good stiff drink. How 'bout you?)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Too many Freepers obsess about polls....it’s unhealthy.


16 posted on 09/08/2012 7:25:15 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: LibFreeUSA

Can you imagine if a Republican was president and they pulled this crap with Gallup? The news media would have wall-to-wall coverage around the clock, demanding impeachment hearings. Now, all we hear is crickets.

I can’t wait to hear what Rush has to say about this on Monday.

As for the 2016 documentary, I wish the Romney team would buy the television rights to this documentary. Air it on all the major networks in mid-October, and then again in early November a few days before the election. It would cost a boatload of money, but it would be money well spent.


17 posted on 09/08/2012 7:31:07 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (If people don't have to show an ID to vote, why do they have to show one to purchase a firearm?.)
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To: BerryDingle

So who’s going to be transporting all those ballot boxes from the polling places to the counting facilities on November 6? Usually it’s law enforcement, but given the nature of Barry & Co., I wouldn’t be surprised if it isn’t the Black Panthers this year. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I expect hundreds of ballot boxes to take little detours on election day and show up at counting facilities nicely stuffed with votes for Zero. We must not put it past them. These gangsters are fully capable of it... willing, ready and able.


18 posted on 09/08/2012 7:42:00 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Sarah Barracuda; FlingWingFlyer; BerryDingle
"Others have noted that the DOJ action occurred after Gallup had Mitt Romney ahead of Obama in its polling for a few days. But as we've pointed out, it's not Gallup's horse race numbers that have the Chicago gang concerned. This far out from the election, Likely Voter numbers are about as convincing as David Axelrod's combover. What Axelrod and his co-conspirators are really worried about are Gallup's jobless numbers."
19 posted on 09/08/2012 7:49:06 PM PDT by smoothsailing (President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people - Clint Eastwood)
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To: LibWhacker

All the way to Spain if I read correctly.


20 posted on 09/08/2012 8:38:36 PM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: BerryDingle

Seems like Clinton used to do the same thing. They know the pollsters are like the media, happy to dance when their strings are pulled.


21 posted on 09/08/2012 9:05:37 PM PDT by pallis
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To: BerryDingle

If I owned Gallop, I would start releasing “poll results” showing obaatard up by 20, 30, 40, and then 50 points. By exactly those amounts. And plead the 5th when asked for data on methodology.

Give in big to obastard’s thuggery. Loudly and publicly. After all, what will obastard do, say “no, we’re not winning, they’re just saying that out of fear”?

Get smart, Gallop. Or become irrelevant. And broke.


22 posted on 09/08/2012 9:52:33 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: smoothsailing

Then they should blatantly start reporting 0% or even negative unemployment. Give in to obastard’s thuggery loudly and publicly.

Get smart, Gallop, or go under. Those are your choices.


23 posted on 09/08/2012 9:56:07 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar

Er, Gallup...


24 posted on 09/08/2012 9:59:00 PM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: BerryDingle

Before the threat:
R 48
O 44

After the threat:
O 47
R 43

Go figure.


25 posted on 09/08/2012 10:05:39 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: BerryDingle

In other news, a new Gallup poll suggests that 93% of the folks who think that Gallup is in the tank for Obama are misinformed - the remaining 7% are just plain wrong...


26 posted on 09/09/2012 3:39:52 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

I went to see it yesterday (Sat night at 7pm) in Cherry Hill NJ (RAT township) in Camden County (RAT county) in NJ (RAT state), but it was 1/3 full, but I can tell you that most of those folks left (I could see it in their faces) with their heads shaking. When the movie ended, you could hear a pin drop, and no one could move out of their seats, they just silently sat there. It was kinda creepy. You should see it, this will give you more ammunition when you talk to others. It’s an excellent movie done excellently and very scholarly.


27 posted on 09/09/2012 11:58:40 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA
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To: LibFreeUSA

This movie needs to be shown EVERYWHERE, everyone needs to see it. If anyone has any moderate/Independent friends take them to see it. Of course those people were shocked, they know what’s coming if Obama wins re-election, unfortunately you have so many drones feeding off of Govt it will be very hard to win, possible but very hard.


28 posted on 09/09/2012 12:01:02 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: BerryDingle

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29 posted on 09/24/2012 3:33:30 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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