Marist Suspends Polling Over Use of Polls in Debates

By Mark Joyella 

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As Republican presidential candidates work to push their poll numbers higher before the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline for participation in Thursday’s Fox News debate, the Marist Institute for Public Opinion has suspended polling–concerned that polling data is being misused. “It’s a problem when it’s shaping who gets to sit at the table,” said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute.

Fox News will host the top ten candidates in its prime time debate, with candidates making the cut based their standing in an average of five national polls. “When the results are released, everyone will see that common sense and fairness prevailed,” Michael Clemente, executive vice president of news, said in a statement to Politico.