Democrat polling firm Public Policy Polling is what I like to refer to as schizophrenic. When they’re trying to be fair and accurate, typically their final pre-election poll, they are very good. When they’re serving their Democrat masters earlier in the cycle trying to save their flailing candidates, their poll results are just downright laughable. Just look at their latest poll on Virginia.
Here are their results:
Head-to-Head: Obama 50 / Romney 42
Three-Way: Obama 49 / Romney 35 / Virgil Goode 9
Really? Nearly 1 in 10 Virginians would vote for Virgil Goode as the Constitution Party candidate knowing that their vote could swing the state to Obama and likely hand him a second term?
And Bob McDonnell’s approval numbers rating is 41 positive / 40 negative? Really? Every other recent poll has his approval numbers in the high 50s / low 60s.
Something doesn’t smell right.
But wait! It gets even fishier!
45 agree / 44 disagree with the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision
10% of McCain voters are backing Obama.
Here’s more breakdowns
Obama’s favorables 49/44
D 92/5 R 9/89 I 46/46
Romney’s favorables 38/51
D 4/86 R 77/16 I 33/51
Among independents, Obama leads 47/36 with the poll’s party breakout D/R/I split is 33-D/33-R/34-I.
A few things about all this. First, no geographic breakout is available, so that raises a big red flag there. Second, Obama and Democrats trail among independents in nearly every state by significant margins in just about every poll, yet we are asked to believe that Obama leads in this key group by 11?
Just something to keep in mind — it seems that Obama mysteriously reaches 50% in Virginia in every poll of questionable methodology. At the same time, George Allen and Tim Kaine are usually tied in these polls (PPP has yet to release the Senate polling numbers), indicating that Kaine is trailing Obama in Virginia. It should be interesting to see if this holds when those results come out.
One final note, this poll was taken July 5-8 — a holiday week that also saw massive power and phone outages across Virginia.
Garbage in, garbage out.