AP touted old poll showing Lieberman lead in CT Senate race, downplayed newer polls showing dead heat


An August 25 Associated Press article about the Connecticut Senate race -- with Democratic candidate Ned Lamont, Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger, and Connecticut for Lieberman candidate Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman -- summarized the state of the race by emphasizing a week-old poll showing Lieberman with a 12-point lead over Lamont rather than two more recent polls that show the race in a dead heat.

The Associated Press reported:

Since losing the primary, most Democratic Party leaders have abandoned Lieberman and endorsed Lamont. A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed Lieberman with a 12-point lead over Lamont, although another poll this week shows the race much closer. Republican Alan Schlesinger had only single-digit support in both polls.

The Quinnipiac poll was released on August 17, and was conducted from August 10-14.

Two polls -- not one, as the AP suggests -- released on August 22 show the race "much closer." In fact, these polls -- conducted by American Research Group and Rasmussen Reports -- not only indicate that the race is "closer," they show Lieberman with only a two-point lead, well within the margin of error.

In short, the Associated Press led with the older poll (which happened to show a larger Lieberman lead), failed to provide details of exactly how close the race is according to newer polls, and falsely indicated that there is only one newer poll showing a close race.

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2006 Elections, Polling
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