Pollster Towery: Don't Pay Attention to Campaign Pollsters

Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 12:59 PM

By Courtney Coren

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The lesson from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's loss is a that polling performed for campaigns cannot be trusted because it does not face the same scrutiny as other polls, says GOP pollster Matt Towery.

"What I learned is one thing — I will never pay attention to another campaign pollster again," Towery told "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"That whole group in Washington, D.C., unlike those of us who poll for news organizations like I poll for Newsmax, Politico and the like, we're graded and looked at and ranked by every so-called expert in the country," the CEO of InsiderAdvantage said. "If we're four points out they want to take us out and shoot us."

Cantor had used McLaughlin & Associates to do polling for his campaign, which had the Virginia congressman 34 percentage points head of his primary opponent, Dave Brat. Cantor lost by 11 percentage points.

Towery said Cantor won't be able to follow former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's advice and sue his pollsters.

"You can't sue the pollster," he said. "The standard of care for pollsters is about the same as fortune tellers."

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