Rasmussen Poll Gets Campaign Name Wrong
U.S. Senate Candidate Cam Cavasso doubts the accuracy of the latest Rasmussen poll released Monday September 15, 2014.
Cam Cavasso stated today: “The Rasmussen poll can be described as skewed at best for voters to gauge the Hawaii Senate race. Firstly, Rasmussen used my legal name “Campbell Cavasso” in their questions rather than my usual name and campaign messaging name “Cam Cavasso”.”
Rasmussen’s Question #2 asked “I’m going to read you a short list of people in the news. For each, please let me know if you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression. You’ve never heard of that person, just let me know.
18% of the voters polled in the Rasmussen poll are reported to have an unfavorable view of Schatz, and Schatz’s name was correct in both questions. The Rasmussen poll also indicated that 36% of people had never heard of Campbell Cavasso, compared to 3% for Schatz, and a total of 19% for both candidates weren’t sure of their view. Cam added “Granted, the bias of Hawaii’s media towards and extensive coverage of democrats might be in play in name recognition, but most of my friends from childhood wouldn’t even be able to identify who you are talking about if you referred to me as “Cambell Cavasso.” “Campbell” is also unlikely to be immediately identified by voters. Our campaign messaging is in the name “Cam”, and “Cam Cavasso” will be on the ballot. We know this makes a difference in Hawaii and for polling.”
Secondly, Rasmussen also prefaced a question with the Party name “Republican” which instantly prejudices the response for a typically blue state. Rasmussen asked in Question #1 “If the 2014 special election for U.S. Senate was held today, would you vote for Republican Campbell Cavasso or Democrat Brian Schatz?”. “In Hawaii, we have historically drawn higher winning numbers when the party label does not precede a name (Hawaii history), and when asked, I say “my mother was a Democrat, my father a Republican, but I prefer to call myself simply Hawaiian. Voters laugh and get it.” Cam explains
The Cam Cavasso campaign contacted Rasmussen Reports who responded that they would make a note of the information for the future.