A few weeks ago I wrote about the fundraising appeal Terrence Wall made to supporters of his U.S. Senate, and I noted the “scientific poll” Wall cited as proof of the supposed vulnerability of incumbent Senator Russ Feingold. Here’s what T. Wall had to say about his “scientific poll” (emphasis mine):
P.S. Wisconsin voters want to get our country back on track. A recently completed scientific poll found that if the election were held today, voters would elect a “successful Wisconsin businessperson” over an 18-year incumbent by a 62 to 38 percent margin. That’s good news for us, and great news for this country. Please join us and consider making your contribution today.
At the time I wrote about T. Wall’s “scientific poll,” I noted how curious it was that there wasn’t any mention of which reputable polling firm conducted the “scientific poll” or the size of the poll’s sample, or any other important points that could lend some credibility to the poll’s accuracy, beyond T. Wall’s personal assurances that it was a “scientific” poll. The fact that Wall’s poll showed voters would elect a random and nameless “successful Wisconsin businessperson” over a unspecified “18-year incumbent” by a margin of 62 to 38 percent, I can’t help but think T. Wall couldn’t quite come up with a poll that showed Terrence Wall beating Russ Feingold in 2010. In fact, I know T. Wall couldn’t come up with a poll that showed Terrence Wall beating Russ Feingold in 2010, which isn’t surprising, considering Terrence Wall was a two-time (2001 & 2009) loser for a spot on his village’s board of trustees.
Now I’m not sure what kind of mad scientists Wall has working for him in his campaign polling laboratory, because an actual scientific poll released recently paints a different story of Wisconsin’s 2010 U.S. Senate race. The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling and released on November 24, showed Sen. Feingold beating Terrence Wall by 14%. The same poll showed Terrence Wall’s favorability at an astoundingly low 2%, while his unfavorables are already at 13% – with 85% not knowing who the heck Terrence Wall actually is. It’s important to note that Wall’s primary challenger, Dave “Blaze Orange gimmick” Westlake, has the same favorability rating as Wall, and actually a lower unfavorable rating. So it looks likes Wall’s claim that he’d beat Sen. Feingold with 62% of the vote is just a few (or twenty) percentage points off from reality.
I guess we’ll wait and see what Wall’s mad scientists will cook up for the next time Terrence Wall feels like making more ridiculous claims in future interviews.