In a survey result that Rep. Mia Love’s (R-Saratoga Springs) campaign pollster heavily disputes, Dixie Strategies, polling for KUTV News 2 in Salt Lake City (10/25; 936 UT-4 likely voters; automated), finds Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams (D) polling beyond the Congresswoman by just over six-points, thus exceeding the polling margin of error. The ballot test finds a 50.5-43% spread in the Democratic candidate’s favor. All other surveys have found a tight race, most of them with Rep. Love leading within the margin of error.
Love Campaign pollster Scott Riding of Y2 Analytics criticized the Dixie Strategies study according to the poll’s media outlet sponsor. “Robodial polls (even when supplemented by other methods) have an inaccurate history in Utah. The Salt Lake Tribune had a poll with a similar robodialing approach in the 2016 race that ended up being biased toward the Democratic candidate by 19 points,” he said.
Dixie Strategies pollster Brian Graham responded that “time and again our polls have proven accurate and we have been rated one of the least biased polls in America.”
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