Letter to the Editor

BY DI READER | NOVEMBER 28, 2011 7:20 AM

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CNN 'poll' underrates Paul's support

After the Nov. 22 GOP Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy on CNN, the results of its online poll were expected to be shown to see how the candidates did. There was a strange delay before any poll results were aired. When they were, they showed the following results:

• 51 percent Romney

• 21 percent Bachmann

• 9 percent Pawlenty

• 7 percent Gingrich

• 4 percent Cain

• 4 percent Santorum

• 0 percent Paul

We can clearly see that the media-backed Romney is the runaway winner.

Some of the other numbers seem surprising, especially the 0 percent for Ron Paul, who drew enthusiastic audience applause 11 times during the debate — more than twice that received by any other candidate.

Well, it turns out that the poll results shown above — the results aired by CNN — were NOT the real results of CNN's post-debate poll. In fact, the results it showed were based on a mere 54 people, polled by a different media outlet. The actual CNN poll showed a stunning 78 percent for Ron Paul.

Here are Ron Paul's tally in several other polls on the debate:

• 31 percent Fox (a plurality win for Paul)

• 87 percent WePolls.com

• 93 percent VortexEffect.net

• 83 percent CNBC (a smashing victory)

For CNN to deliberately mislead the American public on such an important piece of information — even ignoring its own poll — is not just "shoddy reporting," it is a disgraceful abuse of its obligation to serve the public good, and it borders on criminality.

Russell Mollot
New York

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