Discrediting of Research 2000 Polls Gives Chuck Grassley a Boost
A prominent polling firm’s work was placed under suspicion today — and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) may be the biggest beneficiary.
Daily Kos had contracted Research 2000 to conduct weekly polls for its website, but an outside review published by the site shows highly improbable results. Kos founder Markos Moulitsas plans on suing Research 2000 over the allegations.
With all of Research 2000′s survey’s thrown into doubt, Grassley’s re-election bid looks far more secure. In May, Research 2000 showed an increasingly tight race — a margin of eight points — giving hope to Grassley’s Democratic challenger, attorney Roxanne Conlin.
Democrats had latched onto these poll results, hoping to show the incumbent to be vulnerable before the fall election, but if all of Research 2000′s results are discredited, Grassley’s route to re-election looks much smoother. In Rasmussen’s last look at the race, Grassley led Conlin by 17 points, and no other pollster has shown as close a race as Research 2000. Both the Cook Report and CQ rank Grassley’s seat as likely Republican.