Tuesday, December 11, 2007
KTUU Channel 2's "Unscientific" Poll Shows Ron Paul The Number One Choice Of Alaska Republicans And Other Supporters
In a poll conducted Monday, December 10th, 2007, KTUU Channel 2 News asked which GOP presidential candidate Alaskan Republicans plan to support in the Super Tuesday caucus.
A majority of respondents support Ron Paul, a Texas congressman known for wanting to abolish the IRS and opposing the Iraq War. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who's surging in national polls as well as Iowa caucus polls, came in a close second. The total number of respondents was not revealed.
The poll question: Which Republican presidential candidate will you support in Alaska's caucus?
Ron Paul - 29%
Mike Huckabee - 22%
Rudy Giuliani - 14%
Fred Thompson - 12%
Mitt Romney - 9%
John McCain - 9%
Other - 6%
All polls conducted by Channel 2 News and KTUU.com are unscientific. However, in my experience, KTUU's polls are generally a reasonably representation of public opinion. For the benefit of non-Alaskans, a Channel 2 poll can be considered quantitatively authoritative. Channel 2 is the overwhelmingly dominant broadcast media outlet in the entire state. Their nightly newscasts are aired STATEWIDE. Thus this poll CANNOT be written off as a "fringe" poll.
However, the headline KTUU assigned to the story, "Alaskans may nominate fringe candidate", is indicative of the pervasive and continuing mainstream media bias against Ron Paul. If you would like to correct KTUU's impression of Ron Paul, you may contact them as follows (please be reasonably civil):
John Tracy, News Director