Poll-itically Incorrect: Are Campaign Polls Or Public Polls More Accurate?

Though the Quinnipiac and Marist polls had Bill Thompson down by double digits during the week leading up to the 2009 [New York] mayoral election, the candidate’s own internal poll showed just an eight-point gap—and momentum in his favor.

“We knew differently,” Thompson said of the projections in the race, which he ultimately lost by just five points.

Did he really know better? [cont.]

Jon Lentz, City & State