The Des Moines Register announced late Saturday evening that they will not be releasing the final installment of their iconic Iowa poll.
Check it out:
— Des Moines Register (@DMRegister) February 2, 2020
The “gold standard in political polling” has always been released just before the first presidential primary of the year—usually giving those who top the poll a little more confidence heading into the Iowa caucus.
The decision not to release the poll caused a whole lot of speculation online.
Why are the results of the poll being kept hidden? Was it because Senator Bernie Sanders pulled ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden? Or did the poll show any late surges by candidates lower in the poll which could affect how voters back them in the caucus? These questions and more are being asked online, Twitchy reports, noting the decision not to air the results is “shady.”
The Des Moines Register reports: “The Des Moines Register, CNN and Selzer & Co. have made the decision to not release the final installment of the CNN/Des Moines Register/Mediacom poll as planned this evening.”
According to the report, the poll is being withheld due to how it was carried out. This, the Des Moines Register reports, could have affected the poll’s outcome.
From the report:
Nothing is more important to the Register and its polling partners than the integrity of the Iowa Poll. Today, a respondent raised an issue with the way the survey was administered, which could have compromised the results of the poll. It appears a candidate’s name was omitted in at least one interview in which the respondent was asked to name their preferred candidate.
While this appears to be isolated to one surveyor, that could not be confirmed with certainty. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, the partners made the difficult decision not to move forward with releasing the poll. The poll was the last one scheduled by the polling partners before the first-in-the-nation Iowa presidential caucuses, which are Monday.
J. Ann Selzer, whose company conducts the Iowa Poll, said, “There were concerns about what could be an isolated incident. Because of the stellar reputation of the poll, and the wish to always be thought of that way, the heart-wrenching decision was made not to release the poll. The decision was made with the highest integrity in mind.”
Here’s how some people responded online, per Twitchy:
So who are you trying to suppress, Tulsi Gabbard or Bernie Sanders or maybe Andrew Yang? It's definitely not Warren, Biden or Bloomberg because if they were leading you'd release the #IowaPoll. #Tulsi2020
— Richard M. Castaldo (Richie) (@Castaldo2020) February 2, 2020
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 2, 2020
They will certainly try to avoid that, but remember: they may not want Bernie but they want his supporters. It will be fascinating to see how they try to block him. They’re already making rules changes that will let Bloomberg into the debates.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 1, 2020
Wow. Didn’t see this coming. https://t.co/azoOApoTDD
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 2, 2020
They canceled publication of an entire poll because a single pollster incorrectly asked a single question.
Yep, that's integrity all right.
Oh, wait. I just misspelled "Excuse for hiding a poll result they don't want revealed".
— Sharkman (@Sharkman1963) February 2, 2020
They dont want to show Bernie beating Biden.
— Moe Szyslak (@PubOperator) February 2, 2020