Murphy touts GOP poll that shows him edging West; sample skewed toward Democratsby George Bennett | September 30th, 2012
Democratic congressional challenger Patrick Murphy today is touting a Republican consulting firm’s poll that shows him with a 49-to-45 percent lead over U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens.
But a look at the partisan breakdown in the poll by Massachusetts-based Kimball Political Consulting raises some questions. Although Republicans have a slight registration edge in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast District 18 (38.4 percent Republican, 36.2 percent Democrat, according to the Florida Division of Elections) the respondents to the survey were 44.6 percent Democratic and 33.3 percent Republican — an 11.3-percent Democratic edge.
The poll also shows President Obama leading Mitt Romney by 7 points in the district, which went 51 percent for Obama in 2008.