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


  1. If he's nominated, doesn't he cease to be "fringe"?

  2. For the benefit of non-Alaskans it should be made clear the voting turn out in this state is alway low. So that doesn't say much for any kind of poll done here.

  3. Anonymous - Ron Paul ceased to be "fringe" long ago. However, the establishment has a vested interest in marginalizing him, because, of all the electable Presidential candidates, Ron Paul ALONE represents a genuine departure from "business as usual".

    And no other candidate has reached out more effectively to the politically marginalized on both sides of the aisle as Ron Paul.

  4. Judith - according to official Alaska Division of Election numbers, in the 2006 election, 238,307 out of 466,258 registered voters turned out (51.1%). You are obviously confusing a statewide election with an Anchorage-only municipal election, which is lucky to attract a 25% turnout.

  5. You think 51.1% is good? I think it's sad!

  6. Compared to 25%, it's good. Compared to what it should be, it's not merely sad - it's pathetic!

  7. I am so glad Alaskans still have their heads screwed on straight. A real conservative is a true devolutionist.