The Club for Growth recently polled the residents, albeit a very small sample, of the 23rd Congressional district looking to achieve specific results and they were successful.
When desired results exceeds the intention of a poll you can always be assured the questions will be skewed to provide the needed answer. Hoffman's poll did it and now the Club for Growth poll does it. There is a reason they are polling this way and then releasing the results and that is to further drive electorate into a "Oh Dede's losing" frenzy.
Most campaigns use internal polling as a means of developing their strategy and executing their campaign not necessarily waving it around publicly.
The Club for Growth poll - here.
The second question is a fair question about the opinion of the New York State Legislature. The results of that question while predictable will be used against Scozzafava in campaign commercials as has already been done. In almost every poll you glean the hot button topics that are the basis for a negative campaign commercial. As is also the case with the next question in the poll about Nancy Pelosi.
This is the skewed question, which provides little for a campaign strategy.
WOULD YOU PREFER YOUR NEXT MEMBER OF CONGRESS BE A LIBERAL DEMOCRAT, A LIBERAL REPUBLICAN, OR A CONSERVATIVE PARTY CANDIDATE WHO WOULD ALIGN HIMSELF WITH REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS?
When voters step into the voting booth, they will not see line A "Liberal Democrat" and line B "Liberal Republican" therefore this question is skewed for desired results. No doubt it is intended to boost Hoffman's numbers - he is the only person referred to by gender in the question.
Yes, Hoffman has had a one tract campaign - paint Dede, who by the way has voted with her Republican leader 95% of the time, as a liberal Republican.
If the poll wanted to be a bit more accurate it might have read:
Independent Democrat, Moderate Republican, Conservative or maybe just use the old standbys - Democrat, Republican or Conservative.
The results are flawed.