Gemma Says Brown Poll Showing Cicilline Lead Is ‘Meaningless’

Friday, August 06, 2010


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Democratic candidate for Congress Anthony Gemma dismissed a new Brown University poll that shows primary opponent David Cicilline with the lead as “statistically invalid and politically meaningless.”

In the poll, Cicilline had 32 percent of the vote, while Gemma had 11 percent. The other two primary candidates, Bill Lynch and David Segal, and 15 and 5 percent respectively.

“The margin of error in this poll is an unheard of 7.4 percent,” Gemma said.  “Brown polled only 174 voters to reach their conclusions.  These numbers tell us nothing about this race, and to be blunt, I am both disappointed in and perplexed by Brown’s decision to publish the results of such unscientifically conducted polling.”

“The New York Times does not publish results with a margin of error higher than 5 percent,” said Gemma, quoting from the New York Times standards for use. “As recently as last February, Brown conducted a poll with a statewide random sample of 605 individuals—this is more than three times the size of the sample represented in Brown’s poll on the First District congressional race.”


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