Obama Administration Suing Gallup After Unfavorable Polling

Here’s one you might have missed: the Obama Administration has joined a lawsuit brought by a former employee against the Gallup Corporation for allegedly charging the government too much for polling work.

Sounds reasonable enough. Except there’s the issue of conflict, and timing, which puts the issue in a whole new light and as the continues to be investigated, it seems there might be something to it.

Today, Dick Morris writes:

The announcement comes on the heels of a confrontation between Gallup staffers and Obama strategist David Axelrod in which he accused the company of using out of date sampling methods which, he said, generated polling data negative to the president.

The whistleblower’s lawsuit has been kicking around since 2009, but the Justice Department joined the suit only after the run-in between Axelrod and Gallup in April of this year.

In a scene right out of a typical authoritarian regime, Fox News reports that “employees at the venerable Gallup polling firm suggested they felt threatened by Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod when he questioned the methodology of a mid-April poll showing Mitt Romney leading the president – according to internal emails published Thursday.”

That poll that sent Axelrod ballistic showed Romney leading Obama 48-43 percent.

The Daily Caller published e mails that started when Axelrod sent a tweet to Gallup saying the tracking poll was “saddled with some methodological problems” and directing followers to a National Journal story in which a professor suggested outdated sampling.

According to the email chain titled “Axelrod vs. Gallup,” the White House in addition asked that a Gallup staffer “come over and explain our methodology,” which was apparently perceived as a subtle threat.

Fox News reported that “a Gallup official said in an email he thought Axelrod’s pressure ‘sounds a little like a Godfather situation.’”
Gallup refused to change its methodology to suit the White House.

And the Justice Department intervention in the whistleblower suit came three months later.

No doubt there’s plausible deniability here. But considering the administration’s close ties to the SEIU and ACORN (known for their thug tactics) and it’s willingness to force legislation on the nation that its own citizens don’t support, it would be completely unsurprising to see them strong-arming a polling organization that portrays them in a less-than-favorable light. And here’s the kicker – the employee who brought the suit against Gallup in the first place? He worked for the Obama campaign in 2008.

In an interesting twist, a new Gallup poll is showing that Obama got a bump from the convention, putting him 5 points ahead of Romney in the polls. There’s been no word on whether Gallup officials woke up to a horse head in their bed before the results were released.



  • mememe

    This is the only thing that makes sense to me. I can’t believe America is so stupid that they allow Obama to surpass Bush in bad policies and yet he remains high in the polls at elecetion time? he has been taking major hits the three years prior and nothing has been done… 6 trillion further in debt in less than 4 years, a healthcare plan 65% americans don’t want, a downgrade in society, no attempts to promote job growth and has had several military secret documents escape his administration into public eye, instead of peace there are countries slaughtering their people in the name of religion and this presdient turns his back? How does that fit into our humanity policy?

    I can’t believe the things this man has gotten away with that no other presdient would have been allowed to.. the polls have to be wrong, something is not right

  • Albert Geimer

    Matt. 6, 24: No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

    CANON 1398 states that a Catholic who successfully procures an abortion is automatically excommunicated; also excommunicated are all persons involved in a deliberate and successful effort to bring about an abortion.

    HHS mandate requires large employers to provide insurance for free sterilizations, abortion-inducing drugs, and artificial contraceptives. The costs are to be paid by everyone either by paying premiums or taxes.

    Is this a hate crime?
    How about hate legislation?
    HHS mandate forces Catholics to choose between the United States Government (abortion health coverage) and the Catholic faith (abortion prohibited).
    It should make all Catholics want to be sure they are registered to vote in the national elections and then cast their ballad AGAINST those who would FORCE everyone to fund abortions. In fact all religions should do the same based upon the saying (updated for this election). “First they came for Catholics; I was not a Catholic, so I did not speak out for them … Finally they came for my sect and there was no one left to speak out for us.” One sign says it all!
    CANON 1398

  • MLsouth

    It’s all part of the Obama admin to control the media and have all info distributed in his favor. Whomever cannot see this is blind and ignorant.

  • Rich

    You X report a story where DICK MORRIS reports what he heard on FOX NEWS, and it is Anti-Obama. There not only Plausible Deniability, but certain untruth. Diving into the gutters to find a story and post it on a site dedicated to CATHOLIC anything has got to be the lowest of the lows. It takes guts to be on a campaign of defamation under the disguise of faith. It matters little who you are trying to defame, or what is the reason. We all know already that the end does not justify the means. Nothing at all can justify just being mean. Please consider what you do in the name of the Church, or remove Catholic from this website.

    • cammy

      Amen from NC.

  • You have to wonder

    Maybe David Koch et al have cut a deal with Obama and his ilk. They are now open to budget balancing tax increases and defence cuts. Otherwise, they now realize, their $ will be in jeopardy: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/david-koch-says-hes-pro-gay-marriage-open Now, he’s even open to gay marriage. Why have Romney-Ryan practically gone underground? Sooo quiet during the Democratic Convention, when they should have been making as much of a splash as possible to distract attention from that spectacle. Let’s face it. The super rich are doing just fine under Obama. They’ve made a bundle on the stock market and keep pouring their hardly earned dollars into offshore accounts. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. Y’gotta wonder, too, why they engineered an old doddering candidate and the I can see Russia lady as their candidates last time around. Obama wins, congress is at a standstill loggerjam, and the status quo is protected.



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