While combing through the November 9-12 National Omnibus Poll by RT Strategies for the Cook Political Report, I discovered that RT Strategies doesn’t know how to spell Barack Obama:
RT Strategies is one of the most respected pollsters in the nation. Their typical margin of error is about 2.2%. That translates to a typical sample size of around 2,000 registered voters, which is many times better than the trash at Opinion Dynamics. The senior polling partner, Thomas Riehle, is not an inexperienced pollster. Actually, he is the founder of Ipsos Public Affairs – another well-respected pollster. In fact, his company biography notes that the Ipsos Public Affairs/Wall Street Journal poll is:
…the most cited public poll in the world, [and] regularly serves as the basis for Associated Press reports on public attitudes about politics, the economy, personal finance and social issues in the U.S., Canada, the five largest countries of Europe, Korea and Japan.
Smart guy, right? Very impressive resume. But he can’t spot a misspelling of the 2nd most popular Democratic Presidential hopeful, BARACK Obama? Then I started thinking. This poll is old. It’s from November. Perhaps the cats down at RT Strategies have learned to spell Barack Obama. So I consulted the most recent polling data they have released, dated June 23 and available here as a pdf. They still have it wrong: