National Politics - 2016

Another "Republican" Poll In South Carolina Draws Scrutiny

PRO-JEB BUSH SURVEY BLASTED Earlier this week, a poll released by the S.C. House “Republican” Caucus raised eyebrows regarding the positioning of the third- and fourth-place “First in the South” presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio. The poll in question showed Bush ahead of Rubio by a half a…


Earlier this week, a poll released by the S.C. House “Republican” Caucus raised eyebrows regarding the positioning of the third- and fourth-place “First in the South” presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

The poll in question showed Bush ahead of Rubio by a half a percentage point – an outcome that didn’t exactly jibe with numerous other surveys showing Rubio enjoying a sizable edge over Bush, his former mentor.

Since then, though, this controversial poll was included in RealClearPoliticsrolling aggregate of Palmetto State surveys. In other words its methodology checked out …

The same probably can’t be said for another survey that’s currently making the rounds in the early-voting Palmetto State. This poll – first reported on by Politico late Sunday – also shows Bush ahead of Rubio in the race for third place. However it also shows a dramatically different situation at the top of the “Republican” contest – a perspective at odds with virtually every other survey in the field of late.

According to the poll, conducted by newly hired Right to Rise Super PAC political consultant Richard Quinn, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is leading U.S. Senator Ted Cruz in South Carolina by only two percent – 26 percent to 24 percent.

Quinn also claims Bush is in third place at 12 percent – beating Rubio by one percentage point.

“This is clearly a tight, volatile race that could produce most any result over the next six days,” Quinn wrote in a memo to Mike Murphy, the head of Right to Rise.


National pollsters were incredulous at the Quinn poll.

“Five polls done since New Hampshire have Trump ahead by 10-20 points,” a national survey expert who is unaffiliated with any presidential campaign or supporting political action committee told us.

That’s true. In fact the latest RealClearPolitics rolling aggregate average has Trump receiving the support of 37 percent of likely GOP voters in South Carolina – with Cruz at 17 percent.   In other words, Trump’s lead would appear to be ten times as big as the Quinn poll would suggest.

Another national pollster described the survey as having “zero credibility.”

“It’s a poll intended for panicked fundraisers who have blown $80 million on Jeb Bush with absolutely nothing to show for it,” the pollster said.

Quinn is a longtime advisor to liberal U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham, of course, abandoned his own spectacularly failed presidential bid back in December – and endorsed Bush last month.

This website exclusively wrote about Quinn being linked to the Bush forces weeks ago – reports he denied at the time.

Quinn defended his survey, saying it used “a traditional GOP turnout model which had been very accurate in the past.”

Bush is actually in fifth place in South Carolina with the support of ten percent of likely Palmetto State GOP voters, according to the latest RealClearPolitics aggregate data.

Rubio is currently at 14.3 percent and Ohio governor John Kasich – who scored a surprise second-place finish in New Hampshire – is at 10.5 percent.


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The Dude February 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm

I love watching the establishment grind their teeth over the success of TRUMP

mamatiger92 February 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm

And, I’m going to love it when you boneheads actually elect him & realize who he really is.

The Donald February 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm

You tell em, mamatiger! My lead over Rafael “Maple Leaf” Cruz, Marco “Foam Boy” Rubio and Jebra ” I want my Mommy” Bush is yuuuuuughe!!!!!!

My invitation to visit my 757 aka Trump One still stands!

RogueElephant February 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

We can’t be any worse than the ‘boneheads” that elected Obummer —Twice.

Clint February 15, 2016 at 1:53 pm

We can live with that. Trump is not a plastic, he has not been working at becoming a politician all his life. He is real. The others are inventions. They are created by ego and pollsters and have had decades of compromising to get where they are.

I want change. I don’t want more of the same.

mamatiger92 February 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Be careful what you wish for!

JB February 15, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Might end up with Alex Jones in a Trump’s administration. Trump did praise him when he was on his radio show, for having a great reputation. Can not believe a Presidential candidate went on that nutball’s show.

Scooter February 15, 2016 at 3:03 pm

No way can he be worse than what we currently have.

Who Cares? February 15, 2016 at 4:37 pm

We know EXACTLY what we are wishing for ……….we know EXACTLY what we don’t want……

Frank Aziza February 15, 2016 at 4:48 pm

It can’t be worse then Bush or Rubio

JB February 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

Donald has been exploring running for President since the 80s. Actually made an attempt once and dropped out. So I’d say he’s been grooming for this run for decades.

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 2:25 pm

I agree with u!

Jackie Chiles February 15, 2016 at 2:03 pm

America is finished anyways- might as well throw a hail mary with Trump

bogart February 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm


Who Cares? February 15, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Get over it…….Trump is going to be YOUR next president……………he’s better than the scum bags running as Republicans……….

mamatiger92 February 15, 2016 at 5:33 pm

Hey dude, I’m all over it. A Dem running as a Rep? Love it.

Frank Aziza February 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm

If Trump doesn’t keep his promise we won’t vote for him in 2020. We will wait for the next guy that’s promises a wall and to stop trade deals. Sooner or later someone will keep the promise

Nat February 15, 2016 at 1:40 pm

The establishment is the enemy. Bush, Marco, Clinton, Graham, Haley, Wilkins, etc., they believe they are the chosen ones to receives and that we are the chosen ones to give!

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 1:48 pm

They are a bunch of crooked assholes Haley and Graham especially

RogueElephant February 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm

We, the unwashed masses ,are expected to knuckle under and do as we are told by the all knowing establishment. In most recent election cycles we conservatives have fought tooth and nail among ourselves only to see the establishment crook come in and lose to the Dim. (08 and 12) It is sooooo refreshing to see the establishment cronies going at each other while the conservatives lead every poll. Good bad or indifferent Trump has hit a chord with the American people . “We ain’t gonna take it any more.” LOL LOL LOL

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Debbie February 16, 2016 at 4:13 am

Yes, and we may see just how corrupt they really are if they allow Obama to push through a Justice to the Supreme Court that will contradict everything Republicans say they believe in. They’ve done nothing for so long, and yet still seem clueless as to why everyone is rejecting them!

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm

Me too!!!!

The Colonel (R) February 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm

I have loudly dropped the phone back on the base now at least 16 times. (yes, I still have a landline with a corded phone – they work when the powers out)

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Had one ask me if I was going to vote in the R or D primary. I told them I hadn’t made up my mind, they kept pushing and I kept responding the same way. The finally hung up on me.

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm

Yes we have very schizophrenic election cycle. The reality is, a Democrat is running on the Republican Ticket and a Socialist is running on the Democrat Ticket.

Befuddled Pollster February 15, 2016 at 1:29 pm

I thought you Republicans believe all Democrats are Socialists?

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm

I’m sure you do think that but you’re comment is wrong.

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm

No yours is

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 1:57 pm

First, I refuse to be bound by a party.
Second, I know Republicans that don’t think all Democrats are Socialist.
Third, your comment is an ASSumption.

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 2:11 pm

No its a fact

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Really a fact, how did you come up with that?

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Do your research!

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 2:21 pm

“Do your research!”…Research what, that I am or am not a Republican or that all Democrats are Socialist?

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 2:24 pm

U figure it out

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 2:28 pm

You seem to have trouble backing up your claim that all Democrats are Socialists.

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 2:29 pm

I don’t have to back my claims…if u read a newspaper or watched the news

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 2:30 pm

Which newspapers or media news outlets are saying all Democrats are Socialists?

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Dig and find out….witch

idcydm February 15, 2016 at 2:33 pm

Can’t you give me a little hint, I would like to know…witch…

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 1:39 pm

I do and they are

Truth Hurts February 15, 2016 at 1:46 pm

AMEN to that!!!!

Pete February 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm

This poll is bunk. The GOP leadership is not about to give up power and faking this poll is just another small act along their perceived pathway to defeating Trump and Cruz.

RogueElephant February 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm

It is awfully funny that the establishment candidate are doing much better in S.C. than Drudge had them Sunday. Numbers don’t lie but liars use numbers.

Herbert February 15, 2016 at 1:42 pm

Did they publish the questions? The call profile? Margin of error? When they called? Land lines? Cells? Both? Etc..

FED UP!! February 15, 2016 at 1:44 pm

The establishment ruling class, their bribers (fund raisers) their friends and all of those with their hands in the taxpayer cookie jar are catatonic over the potential loss of their gravy train! Dumbocraps and Repugnants alike are besides themselves. I say screw em all!

SparkleCity2 February 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Agreed. The lobbyist and money men were all over the Peace Center. I have been active in GOP politics for 40 years and I be damned if I ever saw such a self-interested bunch of insiders as I saw Saturday night. Our party leadership has let us down.

Kelsey February 15, 2016 at 1:45 pm

You should have seen Lindsey Graham high fiveing people and giving the thumbs up every time Jeb Bush cranked on Trump or Cruz. He was like a kid happy to keep all his marbles. And when the “packed house” would boo at Trump he would turn, look at them, and SMILE!

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 1:47 pm

I have no use for Graham…he is a whimp

Eric February 15, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Graham wants to be Jeb Bush’s hetero-life partner. He is all in for the Buch camp.

emmiekate February 15, 2016 at 1:50 pm

I totally agree!

erneba February 15, 2016 at 3:12 pm

The Republican candidates are a bunch of barking little bitches and we already know what a nut case Hillary or Bernie would. The Democrat candidates are a compilation of a lawbreaker and a communist.
I would say at this point neither party has been blessed with top notch candidates.
Trump is a loud mouth, Hillary has more warts and indictments waiting for her than an ugly frog, Bernie is a psycho-ceramic, a real crackpot, jeb has problems with relatives, Bernie thinks we should be ruled out of Moscow, etc., etc. We are in deep shit with either alternative, we just get there faster under a Democrat.

Blackie Pasolli February 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm

I’m conservative..but I no longer want to be associated with the corrupt republican party. GO TRUMP!

Reno Fontana February 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm

If anyone would take the time to read quinn’s bio he clearly admits to having been treated for dyslexia.

Its TRUMP at 62 points.

Starstation101 February 15, 2016 at 7:52 pm

not the first time mike murphy has cooked numbers…but hopefully it might be his last.

Ann Fletcher February 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Donald is a Democrat! Abortion oBama care gun control 911 conspiracy theories. Wake up people!

Debbie February 16, 2016 at 4:06 am

Tactics like these–along with their planted, “boo-babies” in the Republican debate audiences are exactly why the establishment and their “choice” for the presidency is loathed! They are fake! And what is it with all of these debates, anyway? How many must we have? I’ve never heard of so many before! Let me venture a guess as to why. The establishment believes that Trump is a terrible debater and that it’s only a matter of time before he talks or–in their way of thinking–tantrums his way into trouble with the voters. And it is boggling their minds that no matter what, he keeps his commanding lead. They don’t seem to get that people are not measuring Trump for the most part by his skill as a debater. They are measuring him by what he believes (and they like it) and by his life long track record of taking uncompromised action on what he believes.


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