Debate Badnarik

Sunday, August 29, 2004


Sample Letters for Polling Organizations

Aside from the disturbing fact that the head of the Gallup polls is also a consultant to the CPD there are many problems with using polls to determine who gets in the debates. As we all know very few polls have even mentioned Michael Badnarik up to this point of the game. Just like media coverage, being in polls provides the advertising that leads to name recognition, that gets you covered in the media and polls, that leads to name recognition......and around we go. It is our contention that by not covering Michael Badnarik in early presidential polls the major pollsters have demonstrated a bias that should preclude them from participating in the selection of candidates for the debates.


Version 1: This first letter is crafted specifically for Gallup Head/CPD Consultant Frank Newport. E-mail to general contact.

Frank Newport,
Editor in Chief
The Gallup Organization
901 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

Dear Frank Newport,

As you well know in the next few days the Commission on Presidential Debates will begin to assess national polls as part of their criteria to determine which candidates will be allowed into the first presidential debate. Your dual role of Editor in Chief of Gallup Polls, and consultant to the CPD creates a glaring conflict of interest. Especially since the Gallup organization does not include third party candidates in your polls. This ethical lapse calls into question the impartiality and integrity of every presidential poll conducted by the Gallup organization. Therefore I demand that you recuse yourself and the entire Gallup organization from conducting polls that will be used to qualify participants in the CPD debates.


YOUR NAME,
CITY, STATE


Version 2: This second letter is obviously for any other polling organization you care to contact. You will of course have to add the contact address, and plug in the organization's name where appropriate before mailing. I will come back an post contact addresses later.

Dear So-and-So,

As you may know in the next few days the Commission on Presidential Debates will begin to assess national polls as part of their criteria to determine which candidates will be allowed into the first presidential debate. Your participation would create a glaring conflict of interest. Especially since the (POLLSTER NAME HERE) organization does not include third party candidates in your polls. This ethical lapse calls into question the impartiality and integrity of every presidential poll conducted by the (POLLSTER NAME HERE) organization. Therefore I demand that you recuse yourself and the entire (POLLSTER NAME HERE) organization from conducting polls that will be used to qualify participants in the CPD debates.

YOUR NAME,
CITY, STATE

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