Kos says his polls are bogus. Does this mean 2/3 of Republicans are not insane? 

Markos Moulitsas, founder of the liberal Daily Kos blog, says he is suing Olney-based Research 2000 for allegedly fabricating weekly poll results after three “statistics wizards” questioned them. Based on concerns raised by self-described political consultant Mark Grebner, retired physicist Michael Weissman and wildlife research technician Jonathan Weissman, “it’s clear that we did not get what we paid for,” Moulitsas wrote on his website.

“We were defrauded by Research 2000, and while we don’t know if some or all of the data was fabricated or manipulated beyond recognition, we know we can’t trust it. Meanwhile, Research 2000 has refused to offer any explanation… I hereby renounce any post we’ve written based exclusively on Research 2000 polling.”

Apparently this also includes the 2010 Comprehensive Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll of Self-Identified Republicans, which Moulitsas said found that 2/3 of Republicans “are completely insane. I mean, 1/3 think that maybe we ought to debate whether Obama was born in the United States; 1/3 think that maybe ACORN stole the 2008 election. I mean, it‘s pretty, pretty crazy stuff. And I think a lot of this is driven by FOX News and Rush Limbaugh and this incredible, reality-bending, ultimate media machine that the right has.”

Two Research 2000 polls showed Kos favorite Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter defeating Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) in the hotly-contested Democratic primary, National Journal reports. Lincoln wound up winning instead.

Research 2000 poll from January 13, 2010, also showed Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, D, leading Republican Scott Brown for Senate, 49-41.

Del Ali, the polling company’s president, denied Kos’ charges that the polls were fraudulent. Ali’s attorney also claimed that Daily Kos owes the polling firm up to $70,000.  Kos “wont even pay his goddamn bill,” Richard Beckler of Howrey LLP told TPM Muckraker.

“Whether we’ve paid or not is irrelevant to the fact that they didn’t deliver the polling they were supposed to. Do they really want to argue that a billing dispute justifies delivering false data?” Moulitsas replied.

His words, not ours.

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