AP touted old poll showing Lieberman lead in CT Senate race, downplayed newer polls showing dead heat
Research ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER
An August 25 Associated Press article about the Connecticut Senate race -- with Democratic candidate Ned Lamont, Republican candidate Alan Schlesinger, and Connecticut for Lieberman candidate Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman -- summarized the state of the race by emphasizing a week-old poll showing Lieberman with a 12-point lead over Lamont rather than two more recent polls that show the race in a dead heat.
The Associated Press reported:
Since losing the primary, most Democratic Party leaders have abandoned Lieberman and endorsed Lamont. A Quinnipiac University poll last week showed Lieberman with a 12-point lead over Lamont, although another poll this week shows the race much closer. Republican Alan Schlesinger had only single-digit support in both polls.
The Quinnipiac poll was released on August 17, and was conducted from August 10-14.
Two polls -- not one, as the AP suggests -- released on August 22 show the race "much closer." In fact, these polls -- conducted by American Research Group and Rasmussen Reports -- not only indicate that the race is "closer," they show Lieberman with only a two-point lead, well within the margin of error.
In short, the Associated Press led with the older poll (which happened to show a larger Lieberman lead), failed to provide details of exactly how close the race is according to newer polls, and falsely indicated that there is only one newer poll showing a close race.