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article imageGOP blames biased polls, not Romney, on growing Barack Obama lead

American president Barack Obama is surging ever-ahead in polls and elements of the opposition have turned to blaming pollsters for the results. Their candidate, Mitt Romney, has dropped dramatically in polls since the recent party conventions.
Coinciding with this drop in the polls, Romney's had a series of missteps, from the trivial, like wondering why airplane windows don't open, to the serious, like telling a group of rich supporters that 47 percent of America, Obama supporters, are self-proclaimed victims who expect to be taken care of by government.
Obama leads polls in battleground states
In spite of those missteps and more, the like which traditionally see candidates drop in polls, and some positive economic news, such as August being the 30th straight month in which the U.S. economy has added jobs, right-wing supporters of the GOP, among them radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, are claiming there's been a bias in polls. A recent national poll has Obama over Romney by 7 percent and polls in the crucial battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania have him up by as much as 12 percent.
But it's not just avowed-complainers from the right suggesting long-standing pollsters with solid reputations are skewering results. GOP pollster John McLaughlin says the same thing. "The intended effect is to suppress Republican turnout through media polling bias." The National Review Online said McLaughlin told them: “The Democrats want to convince (potential GOP voters), falsely, that Romney will lose to discourage them from voting. So they lobby the pollsters."
Neither McLaughlin, Limbaugh, or others making the charges, have been able to offer any credible proof that pollsters are misrepresenting poll numbers to favor the Democrats.
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