Obama Campaign on NYT Poll: 'Weird Methodology'
10:14 AM, May 15, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The New York Times's recently released poll finds that President Obama's gay marriage stance is not going over well with voters.
"Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed by The New York Times and CBS News since the announcement said they thought that Mr. Obama had made it 'mostly for political reasons,'" the Times reports. "Independents were more likely to attribute it to politics, with nearly half of Democrats agreeing. The results reinforce the concerns of White House aides and Democratic strategists who worried that the sequence of events leading up to the announcement last week made it look calculated rather than principled. … [A]mong those who said Mr. Obama’s position would influence their vote, more said they would be less likely to vote for him."
In response, the Obama campaign is blaming the Times for the bad numbers. As press secretary Ben Labolt tweeted last night, "Aside from being outlier, CBS/NYT poll used weird methodology -- same voters as last month, reached fewer of them, more IDed as GOP."
Likewise, on TV this morning, Obama's deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, called the poll "biased."
"We can't put the methodology of that poll aside, because the methodology was significantly biased," Cutter said.
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