Somebody’s polling the impact of Shoveitgate

Looks like somebody’s doing some polling to see how voters feel about Shoveitgate. Just got this e-mail from a reader:

I received a robo-poll [call] last night at home while watching your debate. They asked two questions:

  1. If you will vote on November 2nd, who is your choice for governor?
  2. Do Frank Caprio’s recent remarks telling President Obama to “shove it” make you more likely or less likely to vote for him?

The robo then informed me that the poll was being conducted by  So there is at least one poll out in the field already on that question.

Hmmm. Public Policy Polling is a Democratic-leaning firm out of Raleigh, N.C., that uses the same sort of automated calling process as Rasmussen. I wonder who’s paying for it? If you know, fill me in at tnesi (at) wpri (dot) com.

And while we’re here, I’ll take this opportunity to plug yet again that we’ll release the first results from our latest WPRI poll by Joe Fleming tomorrow evening.

Update: On Twitter, Cook Political Report senior editor Jennifer Duffy – a Rhode Island native herself – suggests Public Policy Polling may be doing this poll on its own, as firms often do for the free publicity. “They know the media will cover them so it’s worth the $500,” she writes. (I sure would!) Looks like PPP turns their results around pretty quickly, so perhaps we’ll hear what they found soon.

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