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Problems with the Daily Kos Poll

Back in February, much was made of the “2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans.” As a matter of fact, Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos, is basing his new book American Taliban, in part, on the poll. He wrote back in February:

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m putting the finishing touches on my new book, American Taliban, which catalogues the ways in which modern-day conservatives share the same agenda as radical Jihadists in the Islamic  world. But I found myself making certain claims about Republicans that I didn’t know if they [sic] could be backed up. So I thought, “why don’t we ask them directly?” And so, this massive poll, by non-partisan independent pollster Research 2000 of over 2,000 self-identified Republicans, was born.

The results are nothing short of startling.

It’s a long poll, so the results are summarized below the fold. For a direct link to the poll’s crosstabs, click here.

Ultimately, these results explain why it is impossible for elected Republicans to work with Democrats to improve our country. Their base are conspiracy mongers who don’t believe Obama was born in the United States, that he is the second coming of Lenin, and that he is racist against white people. They already want to impeach him despite the glaringly obvious lack of high crimes or misdemeanors. If any Republican strays and decides to do the right thing and try to work in a bipartisan fashion, they suffer primaries and attacks. Even the Maine twins have quit cooperating out of fear of their homegrown teabaggers.  

Given what their base demands, and this poll illustrates them perfectly, it’s no wonder the GOP is the party of no.

Fast forward to June 6 and the ranking of pollsters from former Daily Kos diarist Nate Silver. Scroll almost to the bottom of the list for Research 2000.

And then there’s this tweet from Markos last night:

Yup. RT @dpmendenhall: @markos After AR-Sen and 538′s pollster rankings, are you considering changing @dailykos commissioned pollster?

Ummm. Does Markos not see the problem in basing his book on the (perfectly illustrated!) findings of a pollster he is now helping to discredit?


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