Gallup chief: Our poll is 'extremely solid'
By KATE NOCERA |
10/21/12 10:18 AM EDT
Gallup Editor in Chief Frank Newport said on Sunday the polling company’s methodology is “extremely solid.”
Their most recent seven-day tracking poll showed Mitt Romney leading Barack Obama 51 percent to 45 percent among likely voters, when many other polls show the race to be dead even.
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," Newport was asked by host Chris Wallace what he made of the criticism from the Obama campaign that Gallup’s polling was “way out of line.”
“It’s not unusual, going back to Dr. George Gallup who founded our company…He found heated commentary from either side on polls, and I’ve certainly found it in the six election cycles going back to 1992,” Newport said. “People come at you from either side if they don't like the results.”
“Our methodology is extremely solid. We’re very open about how we do it,” he added. “We’re doing great but it’s not unusual for people to bite back at you who don’t your findings.”
Newport also said that Gallup has never weighted their results by party affiliation.
“We do not weight by party at all. We never have and we don’t now," he said. "We think party identification is an attitudinal variable that fluctuates just like who are you going to vote for."