Colorado Dem Senators Get Recalled, PPP Polling Throws Out Own Poll Foreshadowing Results

Today we have a great example of a polling firm allowing its political ideology to get in the way of its work. On Tuesday, Sept. 10, two anti-Second Amendment State Senators in Colorado were recalled by huge margins. In the days before the recall vote took place, Public Policy Polling (PPP) had conducted a poll that showed that the senators were about to be eliminated by voters but the firm refused to publish its own poll because the left-wing pollsters couldn’t imagine the results could possibly be right. Colorado just couldn’t be that right-leaning, PPP thought.

State Senate President John Morse (D, Col. Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D, Pueblo) lost their bid to retain their seats

Firstly to explain what occurred in the recall vote, and this is a great victory for Second Amendment supporters, too, we need to expound a bit on the whole thing.

State Senate President John Morse and fellow Senator Angela Giron were two principal supporters of the strict new anti-Second Amendment gun laws that were forced onto Colorado in the aftermath of the shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

But Morse and Giron pushed these anti-gun laws contrary to the wishes of their own constituents. After the laws were forced down Coloradan’s throats, both Morse and Giron admitted that they ignored their own voters and did so for their own good and were proud that they did so.

A recall effort began almost immediately and both were successfully cast into a recall election by local, grassroots organizers who gathered the requisite number of signatures to get the recall elections scheduled.

But in the run up to the recall elections hundreds of thousands of dollars in political spending flooded the two districts. Most of this outside money was from left-wing organizations attempting to defeat the local gun-supporters and their effort to recall the two senators. The recall election became an important battle ground between the constitution-hating left and supporters of the Second Amendment.

On September 10, the recall election was held and both were recalled handily. It was the first time any state lawmaker has ever been recalled.

Now, back to the polling company PPP.

In a new statement, PPP President Tom Jensen admitted that his firm had conducted a poll that showed that Giron was going to be recalled by a 12 point margin. But PPP decided not to report their findings because they just couldn’t believe the results of their own poll.

We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers becaue [sic] she was indeed recalled by 12 points.

Another reason PPP didn’t release this poll showing a Democrat getting creamed by supporters of the Second Amendment? Because it made Giron look bad, of course.

But this shows that ideology is more important to PPP than polling results and this statement casts a shadow over all of PPP’s work.

As National Review’s Jim Geraghty asks, “the rest of us are free to wonder just how ‘rare’ it is for PPP to not release a poll, and what other results they’ve withheld from public release.”

The sad fact, here, is that the media often reports the results of PPP polls as if it is non-partisan news. But PPP was started by extremist left-winger and Democrat shill Markos Moulitsas with the idea of aiding the election of Democrats.

The fact is that PPP polling is an advocate of left-wing causes and not a legitimate polling firm. Here is an interview with PPP President Tom Jensen admitting that his polling service is meant specifically to get left-wingers and Democrats elected. PPP is ideologically driven, folks, so when you see PPP used as a resource in the media, remember this interview…

This whole incident is illuminating.

David Freddoso also has a great post on this incident.

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  • jim_m

    Anti-gunners outspent the pro gun candidates by 6 to 1 and still lost. The left has lost this issue but they are still going to try to force gun control upon Americans regardless of the constitution or the will of the people.

  • I think what really got Colorado was the “Hey, who the hell are you to tell ME what I can and can’t do?” aspect of it.

    Yes, you get elected into office on this issue and that issue, and maybe your constituents aren’t all that happy with you, but you’re theirs and they’ll re-elect you. And you pass things that make you think you really know what ‘they’ want – and you get someone from higher up in the party feeding you money, and suggesting if you want to rise higher you need to push a particular issue.

    So you do.

    And then you cross the line.

    Doesn’t matter that you were doing it ‘for the children’, or ‘because it’s a good idea’, or ‘you don’t need that many shots in your rifle for hunting’ – you solidly come down and step on someone’s foot HARD with ‘well-meaning’ rhetoric that shows you haven’t got a clue about how they feel about an issue, but you’re going to be the Daddy that takes their toy away, because they, the average owner can’t be trusted with it.

    And it’s really funny how grown, responsible adults don’t take all that well to being told they’re irresponsible, and have to have government to tell them what to do – in response to a couple of manifestly insane people doing horrendous acts.

    Step on someone’s foot hard enough, intentionally, and you’ll get a fist in your face.

  • Sic semper hoplophobe.

  • jim_m
  • Lawrence Westlake

    All of politics is local. And in late-Summer special elections the tail ends of the political bell curve tend not to participate, meaning the electorate for these contests is a lot less retarded than normal.

    • 914

      Who would down vote reality like this? Bruce?? Is there anybody in there? lol

      • jim_m


      • SteveCrickmore075

        lol Here is one reality, twice as many kids die from accidental on non accidental gun shots in the US as all kids do from cáncer.. 40% of gun owners don’t lock their guns with children in their households, more improperly store them, 85% in one study.. But try and minimally address these issues and the NRA will say “children shoot children, guns don’t shoot children” and the NRA advocates lowering the federal age of possession of handguns from 21 to 18, probably they would like it, even lower if they could, so that they could sign up more members.

        • Drop in the bucket compared to drowning…

          Ban di-hydrogen oxide!

          Drop in the bucket compared to automobile accidents…


        • alanstorm

          The problem, dear child, is that we don’t see any legislation designed to address these issues. The idiotic legislation that got the CO senators fired wouldn’t have done anything.

          We keep hearing “liberals” screaming about “common-sense gun laws” – we do we never see any common-sense gun-law proposals?

      • Scalia

        Well, I voted it down, but I did so by mistake. I hate it when that happens.

  • LiberalNightmare

    Recall elections should should be allowed in every state.

    Its a good way to remind politicians where the power really comes from.

  • GarandFan

    Maybe Bloomberg can hire them.

  • GarandFan

    Not surprising. The lib media lives by “If we don’t report it, it didn’t happen!”

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