FIU’s Cuba Poll: Manipulations, Omissions and Contradictions
FIU's Cuba Poll: Manipulations, Omissions and Contradictions
When a poll is more concerned about meeting its sponsor's expectations, than about being thorough and scientific, then manipulations, omissions and contradictions abound.
That's exactly what has happened in the 2014 edition of FIU's Cuba poll, sponsored by the for-profit "progressive" lobbying firm, Trimpa Group, which works to lift the embargo towards Cuba.
In this morning's The Miami Herald, FIU Professor Guillermo Grenier, who led the poll, admitted to manipulating the numbers.
"Grenier acknowledged his numbers reflect only those respondents who said they favored or opposed the embargo and did not include 'don’t know/no answer' replies. Including those numbers in the tally would change the percentages to 45-41 (from the reported 52-48) against the embargo — short of a majority and with 12 percent replying 'don’t know/no answer.'"
That casts even further doubt on all of the poll's numbers.
Why would an academic institution do this? Such manipulations are highly questionable.
“What you’re telling me is unusual. Really unique. Very, very extremely rare," David Hill, a nationally known pollster with Hill Research Consultants in Washington D.C., said about FIU’s method.
The Miami Herald had also first noted that:
"Although only 62 percent of all the Miami-Dade Cubans surveyed by FIU said they were U.S. citizens, 90 percent also reported that they were registered to vote."
Remember -- only U.S. citizens can vote.
Could FIU have been so sloppy?
We can't say for sure, as they purposely don't disclose all of their data.
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