Friday, October 23, 2009

Rasmussen Reports faces lawsuit over phony polling in Illinois U. S. Senate race

U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin says Scott Rasmussen is rigging his polling to disadvantage Illinois Republicans

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Martin documents how Rasmussen “polls” favor Democrats over Republicans

Martin says Rasmussen is “leading the charge” to nominate an “extreme liberal as Illinois’ U. S. Senate candidate

(CHICAGO)(October 23, 2009) Republican U. S. Senate candidate and insurgent “Internet Powerhouse” Andy Martin today announced he is planning to file a lawsuit to challenge “rigged polls” by New Jersey-based pollster Scott Rasmussen. Martin accuses Rasmussen of running “fixed polls” that favor Republicans over Democrats.

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October 23, 2009

Mr. Scott Rasmussen
Rasmussen Reports
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Asbury Park, NJ 07712

Dear Mr. Rasmussen:

On August 24th I sent you a letter outlining why your purported “polling” in the Illinois U. S. Senate race was erroneous. I received no response.

You have now published another purported “poll” whose sole purpose appears to be to encourage the nomination of an extreme liberal as the Republican candidate.

There are only two candidates for U. S. Senator who have ever run in a statewide election. Mr. Giannoulias and myself. Last year I carried or nearly carried forty-five Illinois counties and received a quarter of a million votes.

Despite my statewide recognition you have “polled” on the names of Democratic senate candidates Hoffman and Jackson, who have never run for office at all, while only polling for one candidate in the Republican primary, my principal opponent Mark Kirk. At least one Democrat comes with significant baggage (Jackson). Kirk, of course, is one of the most extreme liberals in the U. S. House.

Unfortunately, Illinois media and writer such as Carol Marin report your “polling” as though it were unbiased, when it obviously is not.

Last year I was unfairly attacked by Rupert Murdoch, who is the chief executive of one of your principal outlets, who sent one of his operatives, Bill Shine, to maliciously attack me after I offered generous cooperation with one of his programs.

If you are going to poll on Democrats who have never run for office, you need to poll on Republicans as well on a fair and balanced basis.

Mark Kirk recently announced a “poll” in which he “polled” voters on every candidate in the Republican primary, but me.

Now why do you suppose Mr. Kirk left my name off his “poll?”

Kirk’s omission should have alerted you to “something rotten in the state of Denmark,” except that you own polling techniques are equally rotten.

Why would you try to suggest there is no primary election in the Republican Party when even hard left Democratic operative Markos Moulitsas has noted that Mr. Kirk is “facing a competitive primary” and a “scary primary.” Neither Ms. Marin’s column nor your bogus polling reflects Moulitsas’ observations:

So what does Moulitsas know that you and Marin don’t? Or is your political bias showing through?

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.

Otherwise, I will see you in court.

Sincerely yours,


Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie "Obama: The Hawai'i years." Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York.
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