May 4, 2012
Who gets the bill?
Once again the Journal Sentinel ducks the issue of who is paying for the Charles Franklin poll/aka the "Marquette Law School poll" that the JS is relying on in article after article as we approach the all-important recall election in a month. We have been asking that question but the JS remains focused on telling us how many Badgers have stopped talking about politics at the kitchen table or Hovde's position on the price of gas.
Instead of asking Franklin or Marquette tough questions, the JS "assumes" the poll is legitimate. Well, Marquette Law School should agree to permit the public to review the memos and emails as well as other polling information generated by Franklin. If Marquette is paying for the polls, share that information with us. If some other entity is paying, tell us.
Today reporter Craig Gilbert discusses Barrett's standing in the March Marquette poll without even a mention that he was not a declared candidate when the March polling data was being collected. Seems odd or even suspicious.
The Franklin poll keeps the focus on the horse race not the news that Wisconsin is number one in the nation for job loss in the latest report. Number 1!
Franklin, you will recall, was part of the so-called partnership between the Bradley Foundation's WPRI and the UW poly sci department. Does Marquette have a staff to aid Franklin? If so, are they employed by Franklin or Marquette? Will Franklin rejoin the UW poly sci faculty after the election? Is Marquette Law School planning to continue with the Franklin "team"? In other words, will the law school become part of a political science program at Marquette?
I am on Joy Cardin's Week in Review this morning. Maybe we will learn more about Marquette's relationship with Charles Franklin.
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So, Ed, with all your ties within the state and perhaps even with some at Marquette Law School, why not ask around and those in the know for your answers? Surely someone besides Franklin knows who is funding his work, if skewing public opinion is really "work".
-Pietr Haikuu, | Hurley, Wisc. | May 4, 2012
As a rule, I'm generally leery of any polling firm that does not allow access to its information. Rasmussen comes immediately to mind, but this outfit is starting to creep up there. That's why, if I want good poll analysis, I go to PPP, where they actually allow you to see the questions they asked and their response rates.
-Luke | Boulder, CO | May 9, 2012
Marquette came to Madison today (May 16) to present the latest poll results. During the formal presentation, Charles Franklin said the poll is funded by small donations. I asked Mike Gousha afterwards if there is an upper limit, and he said they do not accept donations of more than $1,000.
-Paul Malischke | Madison, WI | May 16, 2012