By Carten Cordell │Watchdog.org, Virginia Bureau
ALEXANDRIA — A Washington Post article that misquoted numbers in Wednesday’s Quinnipiac University poll numbers was still without correction Saturday, despite the paper acknowledging its mistake to Watchdog.org.
In a story that ran Wednesday following the release of the poll, which questioned likely voters about the Virginia governor’s race, the Post noted incorrectly that 39 percent of respondents identified themselves as Democrats and 32 percent as Republicans.
But Quinnipiac’s demographic breakdown showed that 30 percent actually identified as Democrat, 23 percent as Republican and 39 percent as independent.
The distinction is pronounced because the Post said the numbers were identical to exit polling following the 2012 presidential election and surmised that Democrat Terry McAuliffe held a 7-point overall lead largely because of the party identification number.
The figure was mentioned again in the Post’s blog, The Fix, Wednesday under the headline, “Why Terry McAuliffe is winning the Virginia governor’s race,” and was picked up by other news outlets.
But while Democrats held a 7-percent advantage in the poll, independents still made the majority of respondents, 10 percent higher than the paper’s 2012 exit polling.
When contacted Friday, the paper acknowledged the error and said it would print a correction, but the story remained unchanged Saturday.
You can read Watchdog.org’s original story here.