Why you should ignore the latest New York Times/You Gov poll showing Rick Scott up by four

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Ten days ago Oregon, Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas A&M were all undefeated and were ranked among the top 6 college football teams in the country. That was ten days ago.

Ten days ago, we learned of the first case of Ebola in the U.S. We now know a whole lot more about the spread of this horrific disease.

And ten days ago, the race between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist was a different animal. In fact, ten days ago the general consensus was that Charlie was behind but closing. That is no longer the case.

In the news business, ten days is a long time. So why on earth would it take the New York Times and CBS Evening News, ten full days to release a poll that took even more days to conduct?

Did they simply forget that they did it? Did it get lost somewhere and they figured now is a good time to release it? Ten days? Really?

And did it really take them 11 days to conduct a tracker? Who even thinks of that?

If – IF! – today was October 2nd and I wanted to put it to the salt shaker test, I might have questioned a poll that was weighted to show 32% “IND” voters – a fiction that will simple not happen. I might also question a poll that had 3 points more Democrats than Republicans – also an Florida Democratic Party fantasy. Further, I would shed doubt on a poll that forgot to test Adrian Wyllie and relegated him and the other NPA candidates to “other.”

But it’s not, so I won’t.

This poll is not even worth wasting a grain of salt on. So put away the saltshaker and ignore this one completely.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.