What I found amusing is the way the Washington Post covered the Moran campaign's release and our poll. When I read The Fix this morning before I went to work there was a brief item on our poll and the Moran release pointing out that Creigh Deeds seems to have the momentum in the race. But when I looked at it again a couple hours ago this notice had been appended to the item:
(AN IMPORTANT NOTE: The following item makes reference to a Public Policy Polling survey that shows Creigh Deeds leading the Democratic primary. The current policy of the Washington Post -- as outlined by pollster Jon Cohen in a recent piece -- is not to report on this so-called "robo" polling due to questions about its methodology. The Fix did report this data for two reasons: 1. Through a lack of thoroughness on our part we were unaware of the Post policy 2. Conversations with several people involved in the primary and familiar with internal polling numbers confirmed that Deeds was indeed building momentum.)So apparently at some point this morning the WaPo poll police got to Chris Cillizza. What I found amusing about this is that whoever complained to Cillizza about our poll apparently did not require him to post a similar addendum pointing out that Moran's poll only covered part of the electorate and not the entire spectrum of likely voters for next Tuesday.
I think most observers would agree that an independent poll with full demographic and crosstab information released and conducted of the entire primary electorate is more reliable than a campaign's selective release of numbers from a favorable portion of primary voters, and most of the Virginia media poll coverage this morning reflected that. But apparently ours is the one that the Post thinks its readers need to be warned against while no comment is made on how selective Moran's release is.