New Mexico Nasty Polling About Val Kilmer

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Regular Pink Flamingo readers will recognize this as just another shameless ploy to play the ongoing clips from Tombstone.  You will not be disappointed.  I think we are up to Part 4.

Tombstone Part 4

Someone, we all know it is connected to Diane Denish’s campaign, even though the campaign denies it, is basically Push Polling Val Kilmer’s negatives, misquoting him, etc.

If I were in Kilmer’s boots, I’d be push polling myself to see just how far to take things.  I’m not going to say this isn’t what happened here.  But, I do know things are quite nasty between him and there former-almost governor Diane Denish.  When someone wants an elected office as badly as does she, makes me wonder why.

You can read more at the Roundhouse Roundup.

“...Besides those quotes, Parker said, the pollster asked about her attitudes toward the Christian Science religion. Several Web sites, including a 1999 article in Salon.com, say Kilmer is a Christian Scientist.

Parker said the pollster read a statement that Christian Scientists don’t believe in medicine and believe that illnesses can be cured with prayer — which is an oversimplification. (The religion, for instance, doesn’t forbid medical treatment.)

“They were trying to make him look like a freak,” Parker said. She said she got the feeling that whoever was doing the poll was mainly trying to make Kilmer look bad.

She said there was one question about Sanchez. That one, she said, was whether she had a favorable, unfavorable or no opinion on Sanchez, who during the recent legislative session wouldn’t say if he is running for governor.

Political blogger Joe Monahan of Albuquerque reported earlier this week about a poll that was “mainly testing Kilmer’s negatives.”

Albuquerque pollster Brian Sanderoff, after being told Parker’s description of the questions, said Thursday he doubts if Kilmer would have commissioned it.

“It would take a brave candidate soul to do a poll that has only his own negative information,” Sanderoff said.

Usually when a candidate wants to test his own weaknesses, Sanderoff said, the poll will have a “horse-race” question (“Which candidate would you vote for if the election were today?”) followed by positive and negative information about the candidate who commissioned the poll, plus positive and negative information about the candidate’s likely opponents.

Then, Sanderoff said, the “horse-race” question is asked again, to see what, if any, affect the negative information had.

Another type of poll, Sanderoff said, is the “push poll,” in which negative information is given about the opponent, but not the candidate paying for the poll. Typically these polls are less concerned about the numbers than spreading the negative information about the opponent. …”

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