BUT TAKE THE DATA WITH AN OCEAN OF SALT …
|| By FITSNEWS || Wisconsin governor Scott Walker leads the pack of 2016 presidential hopefuls among “First in the South” primary voters, according to a poll released this week by a national advocacy group. And “native son” Lindsey Graham is hot on his heels in second place.
At least that’s the narrative the media is supposed to run with … (more on that in a moment).
The poll – commissioned by Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) – surveyed voters in four early voting states: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. Walker was leading in each of those states, but his margin in South Carolina is very slim.
According to the poll, Walker is backed by 12 percent of early voting South Carolina “Republicans.” Graham – who is mulling a White House bid in an effort to “ramp up the crazy” on behalf of America’s military-industrial warplex – was right behind him at 11 percent.
Following Walker and Graham are former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (10 percent) and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (9 percent).
Now, before we dive into the data … just who is CRES?
The group claims to support a “bipartisan, common sense approach to address our nation’s need for reliable energy,” but it’s really a front group which supports all sorts of left-leaning environmental policy – including efforts to “price carbon.”
In other words it has an agenda … namely, to pump up liberal “Republicans” like Graham.
Sound familiar? This is the same strategy we exposed back in 2009, when Graham was the only “Republican” in the U.S. Congress to back Barack Obama and John Kerry‘s proposed “cap and trade” energy tax.
Back then, a group called “Republicans for Environmental Protection” ran television ads in the Palmetto State portraying Graham as “fighting to protect South Carolina,” of course they conveniently neglected to mention the climate change legislation he championed was likely to raise South Carolinians’ power bills by as much as $4,000 a year.
Fast forward to last spring – when CRES spent more than $267,000 on television ads supporting Graham, touting his “support for clean energy policies that reduce our dependence on foreign oil.” The group has spent millions nationwide helping other establishment “Republicans.”
And now they’re getting free media on their “poll.”
Anyway, assuming you still care about its findings the CRES poll was conducted by TargetPoint Consulting between January 30 and February 3. It surveyed 400 likely GOP primary voters in the Palmetto State and claims to have a margin of error of plus or minus five percentage points.
To view the memo accompanying the poll for yourself, click the link below …