Hours after Must Read Alaska posted a 23-hour Facebook poll on how Alaskans view the “proper” amount for the Permanent Fund dividend, both a big union-backed website and a liberal pollster posted copycat polls using the exact same language on their own Facebook feeds.
The results were all over the map.
In the original Must Read Alaska poll, 29 percent of participants chose the $1,600 PFD, while 71 percent of participants favored a $3,000 PFD. Over 4,000 participants took part.
In the leftwing/union copycat poll, the split was closer, 43 percent for the $1,600 option, and 57 percent for the $3,000 PFD. That poll is still running, so results may vary.
Ivan Moore’s copycat poll, however, was hidden from sight after only a few hours.
Moore, too, used the exact same language as the Must Read Alaska poll, and his poll at his Alaska Survey Research company Facebook page was originally set to run the poll for six days. It went 28 percent for the $1,600 PFD and 72 percent for the $3,000 option. The results were evidently not what he expected.
Although Alaska Survey Research made the poll disappear, several people were able to get a screenshot of it:
Warning: Foul language ahead:
Ivan Moore, who positions himself as a legitimate pollster, was having a particularly rough day, and ended up cussing out someone on his Facebook feed regarding some possibly questionable polling he’d been doing on Facebook about the presidential race: