The showdown appropriately dubbed Party vs Pollsters has a new development.
Mark Rountree of Landmark Communications, a well known pollster and Republican activist, responded to Georgia Republican Party Chairman John Padgett’s denouncement of pollsters in Georgia. Padgett named both Rountree and fellow pollster Matt Towery of InsiderAdvantage when stressing the importance of accurate polling on Tim Bryant’s show earlier this week.
In this morning’s Newsmakers program on WGAU, Bryant invited Rountree to respond. His interview is below.
Rountree made it very clear: His job is not to talk about what he thinks will happen, but to shoot straight and give true numbers. Indeed, Rountree insists the last poll he conducted was the most accurate. Radio host Tim Bryant pointed out that the final Landmark poll was the only poll to have Governor Deal and David Perdue above 50%. With the margin-of-error at 2.5%, Rountree claims it accurately predicted Tuesday’s outcome.
When asked about his earlier polling in August which indicated Nunn had a 6 point advantage to Perdue, Rountree explained that it was a snapshot in time. Perdue had won a bruising primary victory and had not coalesced Republicans. Meanwhile, Nunn walked into the election without viable opposition. The August poll quantified Republican sentiment after the lengthy primary runoff.
When Georgia’s 12 Congressional District came up in conversation, Rountree mentioned he was the only person to poll that election and his poll accurately showed Allen beating Barrow. He pointed out Padgett and the Party relied on candidate driven polling which tests messaging and how well the candidate is preforming.
Citing the end of the election, Mark Rountree challenged Chairman Padgett and the Georgia Republican Party to release their polling with crosstabs.