The New York Times doubled down on its controversial poll which showed Mitt Romney leading President Obama among women voters. “We stand by our latest poll with CBS News on same-sex marriage and its use of a call-back survey of respondents from our most recent poll in mid-April,” spokeswoman Eileen Murphy told Politico’s Dylan Byers.
“While The Times and CBS regularly conduct fresh random sample surveys on a variety of issues, we occasionally employ a short-term callback method of previous respondents when we are interested in analyzing changes in public opinion on timely subjects, as we did, for example, upon the death of Osama bin Laden. As we pointed out when we published the article, results on subgroups from call back surveys have a larger sampling error.”
The Obama campaign has called foul on the way the poll was conducted.
“The methodology was significantly biased,” Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter told Chuck Todd. “It is a biased sample.”
“Remember the gender gap, Mark Halperin? What happened?” Scarborough asked. “Romney had the latest CBS/New York Times poll, you look inside the numbers, 6% more of the respondents were Democrats than Republicans. This poll was tilted Democratic. Still, more women supporting Romney right now.”
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