Historic First: Des Moines Register Decides Not To Release Major Poll Before Iowa Caucus

The Des Moines Register announced late Saturday evening that they will not be releasing the final installment of their iconic Iowa poll.

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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:

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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:

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