Hold on here a second. Will someone in the media please take a look at the polling methodology between the Quinnipiac and Rasmussen polls concerning the US Senate race in Connecticut? Why are the results so different?
The Rassmussen poll was taken on May 18 and asked questions of 500 likely voters. The Quinnipiac poll was taken on May 24 and 25 and asked questions of 1159 registered voters.
So we’re talking about a six to seven day gap, and the results are that different? The Rassmussen poll was a statistical dead heat with Blumenthal leading a direct race with McMahon 48 to 45 percent.
The Q poll released today has Blumenthal leading the GOP-selected McMahon 56 to 31 percent.
I don’t have the time to get into all of the details, and I don’t have the crosstabs for the Rassmussen poll, but instead of just touting the hey-look-McMahon-is-in-a-freefall story, can someone in the media explain the difference and why/how this happened?
I’m pretty certain nobody in Connecticut media will step up to take a look, so I’m calling Ed Morrissey from Hot Air and will ask him to dig in.
Update: Morrissey at Hot Air takes a look.