The following statement was released by College Station City Councilmember Jana McMillan, this after her separate release of poll results and City Manager Glenn Brown's statement:
I originally contacted Rasmussen Reports to see what they would charge to do an Opinion Survey.
They informed me that they don't do Opinion Survey's for anyone but they suggested that I contact Pulse Opinion Research.
They told me that Pulse licenses their technology and that Pulse does all of their field work.
I contacted Pulse Opinion Research and purchased a ten question Opinion Survey.
I sent them a list of questions and ask them to write the questions in a manner that would be neutral in order that the report would impartial.
They informed me that they did not offer preparing questions as part of their service but they did give me some suggestions.
I rewrote the questions and he told me that the questions were more neutral than most questions that they received.
City Manager Brown mentioned the "other questions" that were asked in the Survey but that were not listed in the Opinion Survey.
Those questions had nothing to do with my survey questions nor did I participate in generating them.
I was told that the other eight questions were used to help generate additional interest that would help keep the respondent on the phone and to help qualify the respondents.
The FORM letter that Mr. Brown mentioned had a disclaimer about Pulse not creating the questions, this disclaimer in no way was meant to be a criticism of my individual questions that were submitted.
After I read Mr. Brown's statements on your website I sent an email to my contact at Pulse with several of the criticisms.
He responded back by saying that Rasmussen Reports methodology has been as or more accurate than any polling organization out there.
He said that they had never ever published an abandonment rate and can see no possible bearing it would have.
He said that if the entire survey was not completed than none of it was used.
The Opinion Survey was conducted so that I could hear the will of the People.
I want the will of the People to be heard.
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