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The Unskewers Return! Cruz, Others Dispute GOP's Lousy Poll Numbers

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Forty-three percent of the poll's respondents identified as Democrats while 32 percent identified as Republicans, but partisan compisition is something that constantly fluctuates. 

Still, Cruz wasn't the first person on the right to express skepticism toward the poll. National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brad Dayspring pointed out on Twitter that the poll's composition differed from the 2012 electorate:

Jim Geraghty, a correspondent for the conservative National Review, conceded that the numbers brought "largely bad" news for the GOP, but also said that the NBC/WSJ poll's sample looked "iffy." In a column published Friday, Geraghty highlighted highlighted that 14 percent of the poll's sample is not registered to vote.

"I’d love to see the crosstabs of how this sub-sample feels about what’s going on in Washington," he wrote.

The conservative website PJ Media likewise ran a post noting "a statistical problem with that much-cited NBC/WSJ poll that shows Republicans are getting whooped in the shutdown." 

Republicans and conservatives repeatedly questioned polls taken during the 2012 campaign that showed President Barack Obama with leads over Mitt Romney. The so-called "poll trutherism" reached an apex when a conservative activist named Dean Chambers launched the now-defunct website,