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Well, the Gallup demise continues to be televised on their immutable slide to the abyss. First, they were mocked by the polling world as one of the least accurate prognosticators in the business.

Then, they were dropped by the USA/Today. And now they have been "DDTeed" by the very Obama Administration they tried to destroy.  Check this:

The Gallup Organization has settled with the United States for $10.5 million amid allegations it inflated its federal contract prices and improperly negotiated a FEMA subcontract, the Justice Department announced Monday.

The Washington, D.C.-based polling and research firm violated the Fair Claims Act when it "overstated its true estimated labor hours" in proposals for U.S. Mint and State Department contracts, according to the U.S. complaint filed in November 2012. The complaint also alleges that Gallup "engaged in improper employment negotiations" with FEMA official Timothy Cannon to procure a subcontract at an inflated price, in violation of the Procurement Integrity Act.

What Gallup's next move?

I suggest taking over the polls for Fox News or the um "unskewed" people.

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  •  Time for Raz to make his (1+ / 0-)
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    Chi, More Questions Than Answers

    This is the perfect example of the problems with capitalism--no soul, no ethics, just the search for more money (credit this phrase to Mel Brooks).

    Under capitalism, man exploits man. Under communism, it's just the opposite. John Kenneth Galbraith .

    by melvynny on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 08:48:24 AM PDT

    •  Look at who’s the boss (4+ / 0-)

      For years, Gallup was the most famous polling company -- and they were pretty accurate in predicting elections. I just checked Google and I found that George Gallup, founder of the company, died in 1984. Then, in 1988, his family sold the company to SRI, who wanted a trusted name on their polls.

      Think about the psychology of the guy at the top. While George Gallup was alive, he ran a company with his name on it. Yeah, he probably made a lot of money, but he knew that his company would only survive as long as its polls were accurate. I’ll bet he fired people who made stupid mistakes and hired smart people to figure out how to make the polls more accurate. Because it was his name and his reputation on the line.

      But then the company is sold, the president of Gallup reports to some guy in corporate headquarters at the parent company. And they have stockholders who want to see quarterly profits. So they focus on money, instead of on polling accuracy. I don’t know, but I’d bet they cut back on research. They used older methods that worked pretty well before. Maybe didn’t figure out the cell phone factor. And so on. They also apparently offered a bribe (a job) to a person to get a government contract. I don’t think it happened immediately in 1988. It was probably a gradual and slow decline into mediocrity.

      The math of accounting and making a profit became more important than the math of statistics and accurate polling.

      "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

      by Dbug on Mon Jul 15, 2013 at 09:56:29 AM PDT

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