CNN, Des Moines Register Pull Final Poll That Was To Be A Final Event – Deadline

Posted 2020/02/02 18 0

CNN’s plans for an hourlong special centered around the release of one of the final polls before the Iowa Caucuses hit a snag on Saturday night.

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CNN, the Des Moines Register and pollster Ann Selzer said that they would not be releasing the poll after a “respondent raised an issue with the way their interview was conducted, which could have compromised the results of the poll,” they said in a statement.

CNN planned a special event around the release of the poll, with Chris Cuomo as anchor from Drake University. Instead, the special, which started at 9 p.m. ET, focused on the Iowa caucuses in general.

The poll is hotly anticipated each cycle by the political media and the campaigns, due to the fact that it is one of the final ones released before the caucuses and because it has a great reputation for predictive results. Just hours earlier, Nate Silver of Five Thirty Eight tweeted that the poll is the “rare instance” where “a poll itself could have an impact on the race heading into the Iowa caucus.”

In their statement, CNN and the Register said that “while this appears to be isolated to one surveyor, we cannot confirm that with certainty. Therefore, the partners made the difficult decision not to move forward with releasing the Iowa poll.”


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