As you’ve seen we’re reported on Markos’s charges that at least some of the data provided by Research 2000 was fraudulent and the statistical analysis on which the charges are based. I’ve read Nate Silver’s approving review of the statistical analysis. And I’ve spoken with Professor Charles Franklin, who is our outside consultant on polling questions.
Based on this review I’ve decided that there is more than enough question hanging over R2K’s data to warrant our purging the firm’s numbers from the TPMPolltracker database. That has now been done.
I should add that this is not and we’re not in a position to pronounce a verdict of guilty on R2K’s data. But that’s not the standard. We can only include data the integrity of which is beyond reasonable question. And on that basis we’ve removed it.
Should subsequent developments remove the cloud of suspicion over R2K’s data we would, of course, re-add it to our database.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.