So I watched the Republican economic debate tonight on CNBC, after which there was an online poll to vote for who won the debate, who gave the best answers, etc. So I went online to vote, at which point there were about 8,000 votes total – Ron Paul won by a landslide in all 3 categories with a whopping 75%. I believe John McCain and Fred Thompson were the next pair with around 5% (Romney might have been in there too…I didn’t look too closely). So I went to check back with the poll about 20 minutes later to see how it would change once more votes were in, and CNBC took the poll down. I’m not a big “conspiracy theorist” type person, but it seems a bit fishy. After all, the poll they put up during the debate asking “What is the most important economic issue the next president should focus on?” is still in place. I know it’s an online poll and not scientific, but I see no reason why they should have taken the poll down.
What’s the deal CNBC? Don’t like seeing a “long shot” gaining support? They never seem to have a problem publicizing poll results done by phone survey showing a particular candidate in the lead – I find it interesting that this type is still considered “scientific” considering a lot of younger voters are excluded because we don’t own a land-line phone (I include myself in this category – most of my friends live on cell phones and an internet connection and will never be included in such a poll). Anyway, I think it’s ridiculous that they took the poll down considering they told people during the broadcast to go to their website and vote after the debate. It’s just an online survey – what are they so afraid of?
The magically non-existent poll was here.
The link for the still-existing poll is here.
To see video highlights of the debate including discussions on unions, trade, and going to war without Congressional approval, click here.