Nate Silver has been called a statistical wizard by some. The New York Times certainly buys his credibility as a stats-man, as they have recently decided to host his website and make Mr. Silver a contributor.
But I’ll wager there are at least two people in Georgia who disagree with that analysis. The Political Insider has the full story.
Strategic Vision was blacklisted “for extreme misconduct; substantial likelihood that polls were fabricated.” See the background here. Dave Johnson, the CEO of Strategic Vision, has denied wrongdoing, but has severely cut back his firm’s polling.
InsiderAdvantage of Atlanta, run by Matt Towery, ranked second-to-last on the Nate Silver ranking.
Towery has partnered with WSB-TV over a series of polls in the race for governor, and most recently declared that former Gov. Roy Barnes had a 64 percent lead in the Democratic race.
Towery declared himself puzzled by Silver’s ranking. “Ask him to show me the races that we’ve missed,” Towery said.
Hopefully this news did not trigger a reoccurence of vertigo in Mr. Towery.