Posted: 5:41 pm Thursday, May 1st, 2014

A poll, and then an awkward sales pitch 

By Jim Galloway

The problem with modern polling is that it has become so inexpensive (in relative terms) and commonplace, monetization of the work product has become difficult. And attempts to find new paths occasionally stray into awkward territory.

Matt Towery, CEO of InsiderAdvantage, is a former state lawmaker and longtime member of Georgia’s political scene. Just today, he collaborated with WAGA-TV on a U.S. Senate poll that puts Republican Karen Handel in second place – behind businessman David Perdue, but ahead of Jack Kingston.

A few weeks ago, Towery’s Atlanta polling outfit took the temperature of the Republican primary for House District 7:

An InsiderAdvantage survey of voters in Speaker David Ralston’s home district tells us that at least one Republican statewide figure is more than safe going into the 2014 election cycle. The non- partisan news poll pitting Ralston against his Republican primary opponent, Sam Snider, shows David Ralston leading his opponent by a 61%-to-26% margin, with very few likely voters (13%) in the district left undecided.

This morning, Towery’s office sent out this note to a host of Georgia lobbyists and others:

Friends,

InsiderAdvantage will go to press with its next issue of James magazine two days after the May 20th primary election. Based on our polling we expect Speaker David Ralston to win his campaign reelection effort handily. That said, his effort has been significant as numerous outside organizations have attempted to defeat him.

In our May issue we will be offering a select group of lobbyists, governmental affairs professionals, and other interested parties an opportunity to express publicly their appreciation for Speaker Ralston by congratulating him in the pages of James [magazine]. For $150 your name or firm can be listed in this congratulatory celebration of David Ralston’s reelection to office. Space for this special message is limited.

An emailed inquiry resulted in an indignant phone call from Towery, who accused this writer of “fly-specking.” Towery said his firm had no client when conducting the District 7 poll, and doesn’t intend to survey Ralston’s race again – so there was no conflict in any solicitation for advertising that followed.

“If we were going to poll this for a news organization, we would never have sent that out,” he said.

20 comments
hamiltonAZ
hamiltonAZ

Framing the question in an unbiased manner is essential to reliable polling. Solidly labeled political purveyors as polsters has always raised questions with those who understand this.

MiltonMan
MiltonMan

No thanks.  I am saving my $20,000 so that I can pay to attend church with the moonbat Jason Carter and his moonbat grandpa.

BuckheadBoy
BuckheadBoy

Preying upon the naivete and avarice of goposaurs has become so easy that any art to the confidence game is fast disappearing, and we're in danger of losing the next generation of televangelists and banksters.

TrueBlueDem
TrueBlueDem

It is my suspicion that Matt Towery never does any actual polling.

PoliticalOutsider
PoliticalOutsider

Towery has more than a few loose screws! He's got an enormous ego, and he's just trying to stay relevant. He's a little rich boy that has never had to work a day in his life, and James magazine does nothing but lose more of Daddy's money. His polling is slightly less accurate than the Farmers Almanac.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

Also, anyone on here want to run for office?  For the low, low price of a few thousand $$, I can get a poll together that shows you up by 40-50 points over your opponent.  However if towery claims he'll do it for less, my price is negotiable.

AuntieChrist
AuntieChrist

In our May issue we will be offering a select group........an opportunity to express publicly their appreciation for Speaker Ralston.  "select group," meaning anyone who is willing to pony up the money.

Space for this special message is limited.  Right. Limited means limited to anyone who is willing to pony up the money, whether it is 10 people or 10,000.

  Anyone on here know what "fly-specking" is?  I am not familiar with the term.

honested
honested

So wrong wing 'opinion makers' expect a little baksheesh?


Who knew??


I thought they were the bastions of morality and then I remembered in order for things to be moral to a wrong winger, money has to change hands!!

DS
DS

Cross-tabs for the Insider Advantage poll are behind a pay wall. Not sure whether the results are credible. (Not gonna pay to find out, either.)

Wascatlady
Wascatlady

No big surprise on this.  What a crock these people are!

The_Centrist
The_Centrist

Handel gets a lot of AJC softball coverage since she is female, but doubt very much she will make the runoff.  If the other candidates believe this poll, they will use their considerable campaign finance edge to target her lack of qualifications.  Voters will also start to pay more attention now, including the next debates.  Female voters will be more enticed to Michelle Nunn who has a college education and is pro-choice. 

The-Centrist
The-Centrist

Perhaps a little bit of their faith will rub off on you.

Although I won't hold my breath.

JAWJA
JAWJA

@TrueBlueDem  Isn't he still driving Newt around? No time for polling. 

Charles50
Charles50

@PoliticalOutsider  Maybe Matt needs a new toupe or a fresh paint job.  Although I haven't seen him lately, I remember during one election season that he and John Boehner were in a dead heat for Orange Man.

DannyX
DannyX

@The_Centrist, wow, just about two weeks ago you were angry because you thought  Political Insider was giving Handle too much attention because you said she had no chance of winning, now look at her, down by only 1 and within the margin of error!  You might want to get out of prediction game, your history is horrible.  


I see you have that crazy conspiracy thing still going on.  One day the "liberal" AJC is promoting liberals, the next day the "liberal" AJC is promoting right wing Republicans.  Crazy man, crazy.

Reality Check here
Reality Check here

@DannyX @The_Centrist You are right, Danny. The AJC is crazy. As catlady says, a crock

Kamchak
Kamchak

@Reality Check here  

The AJC is crazy.

I just wish they could do something about the proliferation of sock-puppets.

Just sayin'.