Obama’s Pollster Wants Reporters To Stop Covering Polls

President Barack Obama’s pollster is challenging reporters to ignore his line of work.

In Tuesday’s edition of Mike Allen’s Playbook, Joel Benenson proposed a New Year’s resolution exclusively “for Playbookers.”

“Here’s one — with a variation, if mine is too extreme: Go one year without reporting any public polling data. Rationale: Most public polling continues to be reported on strictly from a topline, horserace-type perspective that does nothing, or at best very little, to illuminate the news of the day,” Benenson wrote.

But if that’s too extreme, Benenson offered an alternative.

“Go one year without reporting any public polling data that doesn’t provide in an in-depth analysis of the underlying dynamics that are truly shaping the data,” he said.

Benenson also suggested that there should be no coverage of the 2016 presidential race until the beginning of 2015.

With Obama nursing some of the worst poll numbers of his presidency, some conservatives found Benenson’s proposal a bit rich.

Anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist responded on Twitter, saying that the “Losing player always says ‘let’s not keep score.'”


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