In case there was still any doubt about the veracity of the survey numbers provided by Saint Pete Polls, just take a look at the results in Gainesville’s mayoral election. The incumbent there, Craig Lowe, lost to challenger Ed Braddy.
With all 35 precincts reporting, Braddy had 7,258 votes (55 percent) to Lowe’s 6,007 (45 percent).
On Monday, St. Pete Polls released fresh data showing 40% of registered voters were supporting Braddy, while 36% said they would vote for Lowe.
Bottom line: St. Pete Polls was right. Again.
After the 2012 elections, I wrote this analysis about St. Pete Polls’ numbers vs. actual results and determined, “Its results in the most important races outweigh its askew numbers in down-ballot campaigns. Moreover, the residents and voters involved in these races should be grateful for St. Pete Polls’ contribution to the public debate.”
In other words, when I commission St. Pete Polls to survey the St. Pete mayoral race and the numbers come back deadlocked (as I did this week). The race is freakin’ deadlocked.