Nate Silver blasts Public Policy Polling for suppressing pro-recall poll result; Update: PPP apologizes for defending itself in public(!)

Just prior to Colorado’s recall election, the liberal-leaning pollsters at Public Policy Polling Company conducted a poll of likely voters in Angela Giron’s district (Senate District 3). The poll showed Giron losing by 12 points, a finding that we now know was spot-on but seemed bizarre at the time … so bizarre, in fact, that PPP chose not to publish it.

Now PPP is receiving fire not only from some conservatives but also from FiveThirtyEight editor Nate Silver for its decision to withhold those results from the public.

https://twitter.com/fivethirtyeight/status/377854385503870977

PPP acknowledges that it routinely withholds results from the public, especially if it there are red flags in the results:

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377827592813805568

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377827749643042816

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377827979537035264

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377828390918569984

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377829001986719744

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377829247554813953

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377830093143281664

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377830290455937024

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377830495590952960

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377831249416445952

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377831348859179008

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377836300201504768

PPP specifically addressed Silver’s complaint:

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377852568505831424

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377852820776427520

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377852941215887360

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377853458000252928

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377854548892581888

Silver isn’t backing down:

https://twitter.com/fivethirtyeight/status/377854751721136128

https://twitter.com/fivethirtyeight/status/377856102094086144

https://twitter.com/fivethirtyeight/status/377857078486138880

Update:

Washington Examiner reporter Rebecca Berg has only one question:

https://twitter.com/rebeccagberg/status/377859477678325760

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Update:

PPP has apologized for defending itself in public in response to Silver’s (very public) attacks:

https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/377872546713968641

And this guy makes a good point:

https://twitter.com/DrewLinzer/status/377865257730846720

 

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Related:

Bombshell: Tancredo polling even with Hickenlooper in Pueblo, Colo.

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