The Star Ledger 
October 5, 2011
I got copied on this e-mail that Joe Sansone sent to RealClear politics:
Ron Paul is at 11% in this poll with Palin and Christie out of it. You are using everybody else’s numbers without Palin and Christie, except Paul. You are using 9% for him which is his number with Palin and Christie. This does not appear to be the first time this has happened on your site where Paul’s numbers have been shown as less than they are because you have used polls with non candidates for publishing his numbers but published other candidates numbers without using the non candidates included. I have sent this information to the Drudgereport and blind copied other news organizations in hopes that someone brings attention to it.
Here is the actual poll. For now on I will send this stuff to the DrudgeReport when it appears falsely on your site. If this is just a repetitive error on your part, which I am sure it is, I do hope that the potential exposure from other news sources will help you guys to be more accurate in the future.
I checked the numbers and it looks like Joe is right. The Romney number in the field containing non-candidates is 21, not 25. That 25 number comes from the same poll that has Ron Paul at 11.
Yet RealClear quotes the high number for Romney and the low number for Paul.
I imagine this was simply a mistake, but such mistakes make it difficult to assess the field. Even if you assume Paul won’t win, as long as he’s in double digits he will have a major role in the race.
Those double digits have to come out of someone’s else’s totals. Whose? Such questions decide elections. And RealClear is not real clear on this one.
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
UPDATE: RealClear responds, and Joe concedes the point:
We use “registered voter” #s as opposed to “general population” numbers when they are avaliable. We entered the RV #s (w/o Christie and Palin) this morning when the poll was released. They are correct.
21/23/24. (IF WOULD VOTE FOR CHRISTIE OR PALIN) If neither (Christie) nor (Palin) run, for whom would you vote? Which candidate would you lean toward?
NET LEANED VOTE PREFERENCE
————— Without Christie/Palin —————–
Among gen pop Among RVs
10/2/11 9/1/11 7/17/11 10/2/11 9/1/11 7/17/11
Mitt Romney 25 25 30 25 25 30
Herman Cain 16 4 7 17 5 7
Rick Perry 16 29 8 17 30 8
Ron Paul 11 10 11 9 10 10
Newt Gingrich 7 6 6 9 5 6
Michele Bachmann 7 8 16 7 9 17
Rick Santorum 2 3 3 2 3 3
Jon Huntsman 1 1 3 1 1 3
Tim Pawlenty NA NA 3 NA NA 3
Other (vol.) 2 2 1 2 2 1
No one/None of them (vol.) 5 5 2 4 4 2
Would not vote (vol.) 1 2 1 1 1 *
No opinion 7 5 8 7 5 9