Recent Podesta emails provided by Wikileaks shows that in 2008 Democrats were conspiring to over-sample certain demographics in order to skew polls in their favor. In the email Tom Matzzie said:
Hey, when can we meet? I also want to get your Atlas folks to recommend oversamples for our polling before we start in February. By market, regions, etc. I want to get this all compiled into one set of recommendations so we can maximize what we get out of our media polling.
Crystal King, of the Atlas Project, indulges his request by providing an attached document from Atlas with specific instructions on what groups to over-sample to skew polls in favor of Democrats. The 37 page document fully fleshes out these groups in key battleground states. Throughout the document it is recommended to over-sample ethnic minorities. The document can be downloaded and read from the Wikileaks site under the attachments tab of the email.
Today Tom Matzzie tweeted about the incident and said that he was accepting questions about the email as he is not involved in politics any more. He additionally added that he thinks the only poll that matters is the one on election day in another tweet.
If this were true, then polling wouldn’t be done before election day. As people are prone to group think, seeing polls that show one candidate leading by far more than the other candidate, could convince voters to go along with the crowd and sway their vote.
In what would be otherwise big news about corruption between politicians and the media, we find more evidence of a dishonest media that should not surprise us any longer.