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October 14, 2012


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Brad Hessel

I read your press release about this latest poll with keen interest, as a citizen of North Carolina. However, I am not happy about your decision not to include all the candidates in your poll.

Three Presidential candidates are on the ballot in our state and before we vote, we want to hear from all of them. By deciding to exclude Gary Johnson from your poll, you are telling me and my fellow citizens, in effect, that we should be selecting between only the other two candidates. You may as well endorse those guys.

I do not understand how it is in the interests of Public Policy Polling to take sides in the Presidential election in North Carolina, but I do not appreciate it. I should think that contributing directly or indirectly to any political party, committee, or candidate for public office would be contrary to corporate policy of a polling organization, as it brings into question the integrity of all your efforts. This makes your actions in this regard all the more puzzling.

Not to mention the fact that previous polls have measured Governor Johnson's support as being in the neighborhood of 4%-to-6%, which is more than enough to tip the balance in a race as close as this one appears to be based on your poll. How can a poll which fails to offer the choices that are actually on the ballot even be considered valid?

So I urge you to reconsider your actions here -- which are both inappropriate and self-defeating -- and rerun the poll including all three candidates for President.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


It really gets my goat that you do not include Gary Johnson in your polling questions! He has ballot access in all 50 states. I heard that about 80% percent of voters would consider a third party candidate, if they knew one was running.

If you can't give all of the options, why even bother doing it at all!!!!!!!!!!

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