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October 30, 2007 07:34 PM UTC

Floyd Ciruli is hardly the 'independent' pollster described by the media

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  • by: Another skeptic

Pollster Floyd Ciruli is “a walking conflict of interest,” the conservative blog, Face the State, asserts in a well-researched and written opinion piece.

Link is here:

http://facethestate….

In politics, there are a lot of conflicted pollsters. Ciruli obviously works for a lot of Democrats and their causes as well as for nonprofits that live off government funding.

When will the media start describing Floyd as a liberal pollster? He’s quoted way too much by lazy reporters. I guess they have few alternatives in this state.

P.S. I think Face the State is looking pretty good these days, after a rough start.

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5 thoughts on “Floyd Ciruli is hardly the ‘independent’ pollster described by the media

  1. Face The State would have been better off if they didn’t feign ignorance of the fact that *someone* always pays for the polling.  Pollsters don’t work for free; they’re hired to run specific polls – hence Ciruli’s “41 clients”.  On its own, this doesn’t affect someone’s polling partisanship.

    Similarly, just because Ciruli is providing polling and polling analysis to campaigns does not on its own make him a partisan.  Indeed, Ciruli’s client list is pretty bi-partisan; his firm polls for KOA, the Black Hawk Development Co (quite Republican, I assure you…), and several other GOP-leaning firms in addition to those FtS lists as leaning to the left.  He also polls for the Census Bureau, which is about as non-partisan as it gets.

    OTOH, Ciruli has a personal history as a Democrat; it is certainly reasonable to question his polling data – preferably versus other polling data to compare how partisan his results actually are…  Until Face The Sate does that, though, their piece does not contain the research that it really needs to support their case.

  2. He mostly dial tests though–which is better than polling.

    I may think he is an Orwellian lie merchant, but bias doesn’t mean his polling (or dial testing) is inaccurate.

  3. Ciruli Associates, like every other polling company on the face of the earth, is a market research company. 

    The allegedly “well researched” post at Face the State makes much adieu about nothing.  It does not identify a single partisan political race in which Floyd Ciruli was involved, or in which Ciruli Associates had a client.

    It may or may not be true that such an involvement exists, but Face the State couldn’t manange to cite a single one.

    Non-partisan raises, such a bond issues, may express a point of view (although the fact that you have past clients with a particular view doesn’t necessarily mean that those are your own views), but, in any case, the word “non-partisan” doesn’t mean that you don’t have a point of view.  It simply means that you aren’t affiliated with or acting on behafl of a political party.

    One can simultaneously be liberal, pro-government, or even favor non-partisan candidates who happen to be Democrats in non-partisan elections (like all candidate elections in the Denver Public Schools and City government) and still be non-partisan.

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