CNBC Stops 2012 Online Presidential Polls Because of Ron Paul

This story will not surprise anyone who has seen the results of this year’s online polls. The spamming tactics of the Ron Paul campaign first came to public attention in October 2007. CNBC hosted a Republican presidential debate and at the time the Texas lawmaker was receiving 3% in the public opinion polls.
As soon as CNBC uplinked its post debate survey, it was immediately bombarded. A link to the survey was posted on all Ron Paul websites and the campaign sent a blast e-mail to supporters urging them to vote repeatedly for the Congressman.
The same tactic is being repeated this year, and “Ron Paul Polls” has been established to spam every survey. Any website desiring a huge amount of traffic should consider posting a presidential survey. The numbers increase significantly if responders are allowed to vote more than once.
In the CNBC survey Paul received over 75% of the online vote, and libertarians claimed a major triumph. They said the results indicted public opinion polls were wrong.
CNBC realized the results were fraudulent and they removed the survey. The story is told by Allan Wastler, the CNBC Managing Editor:

Now Paul is a fine gentleman with some substantial backing and, by the way, was a dynamic presence throughout our debate , but I haven’t seen him pull those kind of numbers in any “legit” poll. Our poll was either hacked or the target of a campaign. So we took the poll down.
The next day, our email basket was flooded with Ron Paul support messages. And the computer logs showed the poll had been hit with traffic from Ron Paul chat sites. I learned other Internet polls that night had been hit in similar fashion. Congratulations. You folks are obviously well-organized and feel strongly about your candidate and I can’t help but admire that.
But you also ruined the purpose of the poll. It was no longer an honest “show of hands” — it suddenly was a platform for beating the Ron Paul drum. That certainly wasn’t our intention and certainly doesn’t serve our readers … at least those who aren’t already in the Ron Paul camp.
Some of you Ron Paul fans take issue with my decision to take the poll down. Fine. When a well-organized and committed “few” can throw the results of a system meant to reflect the sentiments of “the many,” I get a little worried. I’d take it down again.

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38 responses to “CNBC Stops 2012 Online Presidential Polls Because of Ron Paul

  1. The only thing more annonying than a Ronulan is a Borg of Ronulams.

  2. CtLovesNathanHale

    Fraudulent and CNBC in the same sentence — you said it and it fits like a glove! You collectivist spin meisters are hi-larious! No one believes your bs anymore including yourselves :^D

    Look out — Ron Paul is coming to take away your collectivist utopia boo hoo :^D

  3. Right.. like any other candidate is barred from having the same result? The problem is that no other candidate speaks with substance and meaning, so nobody wants to go out of their way to vote for their candidate.

  4. So when Obama or Mitt Romney’s campaigns do the same thing, it is ok, but when a smaller candidate are able to invigorate the active, internet savvy, users the most, the polls should be stopped…ok.

  5. You wouldn’t if Mitt Romney won a poll

  6. Rememberthe5th

    This blog is focused on….Ron Paul hate. Neo-cons unite! What’s it matter he probably won’t post this comment either, douche bag!

  7. Billy Jackson

    I can tell you RON PAUL HAS MY VOTE,and no amount of bashing will change that,I can see where he stands,can trust him not to be bought,and he respects the constitution,and the people of the united states,Id say that meens a lot,and is what we need,just hope he is smarter in the trade talks than our other fools,we need jobs.not handouts.

  8. I’ve learned that Ron Paul bots don’t have jobs and when you say something mean about their beloved Ronny, you get a lot of coordinated hate mail.

  9. It never ceases to amaze me the amount of drug-addled Paulbots who completely ignore Ron Paul’s ties with Stormfront and American Third Position – both white supremacist groups – as well as his penchant for being photographed with David Duke. Newsflash to potheads: Ron Paul isn’t the only one (nor only party) who supports legalization. So do dems, but don’t stand on top of daddy Koch-bucks to shout it out Ron Paul = David Koch. Although they posess seperate bodies, they are one in the same.

  10. in 2008, ron ”the village idiot” paul ran in the republican presidential primary for president. he got 5% of the vote. that means 19 OUT OF 20 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS REJECTED HIM. that’s the reality that the loser paulbots aren’t grasping.

  11. Ron Paul 2012 we love you for freedom ,low govt spending, no new taxes and bringing the TROOPS HOME!

  12. lie all u want…. The American people want “real” change…… Ron Paul 2012!

  13. Gary C. Huggins

    Michael wrote: “The only thing more annonying [sic] than a Ronulan is a Borg of Ronulams [?].”

    Michael, I’ve been a proud Ronulan since the day Ronald Reagan, the original Ronulan, announced his third candidacy for president on 13 November 1979. As a US Marine, Reagan was my Commander in Chief during his entire presidency.

  14. Ron Paul has no chance. Thank God this will be his last Hurrah. Paul bots go home.

  15. Interesting that a candidate has to use dishonesty to get ahead…

  16. What a load of garbage. Ron Paul wins every legitimate poll by a landslide…so of course the traitors and dim-witts cry “Foul.”

  17. RON PAUL 2012 say it!

  18. My favorite part, the last paragraph.”When a well-organized and committed “few” can throw the results of a system meant to reflect the sentiments of “the many,” I get a little worried. I’d take it down again.” We have identified the hole in our political system large enough to entertain a tour bus.

  19. Not to burst your bubble, but you have failed to see the point. Most Americans don’t really care about or like RP. What you are doing to ballot stuffing. When you have the same ISP and DNS numbers reflecting a large percentage of the vote, you have a problem. Most of us who do vote on these polls are honest enough to vote only once. Perhaps, if you really wanted to prove that RP is really that well supported, you could encourage these news agencies to put the polls back but with ISP locking in place in order to prevent individuals from voting multiple times and for the same candidate. Prove you are being honest with us and we will give Dr. Paul more consideration.

  20. Funny how CNBC has all the time to report on the fraudulent voting practices of an online poll but has no time to cover widespread Acorn voting fraud, etc. in an actual election.

  21. They do not have to like Ron Paul or cover him or anything…the seed of Liberty has been planted.

  22. Why all the hate people?

  23. Ronulans, Paultard whatever you want to call me it’s better than being a neo-con war loving RINO anyday. I hate when I stoop to their level and call them names back but I just can’t help it sometimes.

  24. more Ron Paul supporters everyday! he has my vote! just what don’t you like about the Constitution, freedom, and fiscal responsibility anyway?

  25. Yes I know many Ron Paul fans and they are very much like Obama Zombies when it comes to confronting Mr. Paul’s downfalls . I saw that Poll and knew it was wrong. Just as the 2nd Fox debate was totally incorrect.

  26. Rick Perry wants trans-national health insurance with Mexico and praised Hillary for her national health care effort…

  27. Maybe cnn should design a better poll. It’s not like they’re hurting for money.

  28. Bachmann 2012

  29. This is fun. It would be even more fun if it were not so serious. Ron Paul in 2012 Baby! Comin ta getcha!

  30. Thanks for proving our point about how much more organized the Ron Paul campaign and how many more supporters he has than the other candidates.

  31. ron would win and you know how the media hates him

  32. If my answers frighten you, perhaps you should stop asking scary questions. – Samuel L Jackson

    Ron Paul 2012 !!!!!

  33. “When a well-organized and committed “few” can throw the results of a system meant to reflect the sentiments of “the many,” I get a little worried.” Alan Wastler, CNBC, Managing Editor..

    He had to italicize because, in truth, the meanings of the words “few” and “many” have been switched, further, he obviously understands that himself, otherwise, why the italics?.

  34. Mitt Romney posted the poll on his site.

    At this point so many people are watching the polls and so many people have internet access that you cannot get away with the “internet savvy youngsters” argument (not a quote from Hilton) for why Ron gets so many online poll supporters.

    True enough, Paul supporters will have to make it to the primary & caucus polls to make a real statement.

  35. If Romney has so much support from passionate and intelligent supporters, why are the not able to a) organize; b) overcome the overwhelming task of logging onto a website and; c) game the polls? Answer: Because his supporters are neither passionate or intelligent. It doesn’t take a lot of gray matter to be a lobbyist. All you need is a check book.

  36. Dr. Ron Paul is a man whose time has come. Media beware we are on to your tricks! Ron Paul 2012 or bust.

  37. Block Ron Paul all you want CNBC, I am still voting for him!

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