By Gary P Jackson
I was saving this for a special I will be doing on Rick Perry and the dirty tricks he has used over the years to go after his rivals in elections, but with Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham gleefully talking about this bogus poll, I thought now would be the time to mention it.
Politico, of all places exposed the connection.
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.
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.
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While Fox, Ingraham, and Coulter are saying that every living being in the known universe is against Sarah Palin, INCLUDING the Tea Party, a Rasmussen poll released September 3, before Sarah’s speeches in Iowa and New Hampshire, reveals Eighty-four percent (84%) of Tea Party voters prefer Sarah Palin over any other candidate.
Who to believe, an independent pollster, or one with ties to Rick Perry?
As talkers at Fox News are so fond of saying: We report, you decide!