Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Strategic Vision Not So Strategic After All
In an interesting epilogue to the entire affair, Strategic Vision, LLC, has requested that previously available polling data from 2005-2007 via the Internet Archive be removed. Mark Blumenthal of Pollster.com (and my future boss in full disclosure) has properly noted that "given the swirl of accusations about Strategic Vision arising from a failure to disclose basic information about their methods, this new effort to scrub previously disclosed information from what is essentially a public library for the Internet is more than a little creepy." Blumenthal alerts us that the son of one of those who completed a statistical analysis indicating possible fraud by Strategic Vision, LLC "realized that Strategic Vision might delete their archive, and thus downloaded everything he could before it disappeared. So the archived pages live on..."
But I have my own twist to add to the story... The web pages can still be access online right now even without the Internet Archive! That's right, you can still access any of the original poll data from 2005-2009 on Strategic Vision, LLC's website. How? Well, it turns out that, despite not having one single page to display the polling data from 2005-2007 (they do for 2008 and 2009), one can still retrieve the original individual pages the polling data was displayed upon. In what can only be deemed as one of the WORST coverups of all time, Strategic Vision, LLC left the individual polling pages on its servers.
All you need to access the data is the original link to any poll. Those links are easily available from polling aggregation sites such as RealClearPolitics.com, Pollster.com, and even Wikipedia.org. To see how easy it is to get the original data, you can watch the video below.
It takes a lot of time to go to what turned out to be 209 pages (208 polls) of data since 2005, and I am afraid that Strategic Vision, LLC may take down the pages. So, I have downloaded every single poll file from 2005-2009 and have uploaded it in a single zip file for anyone to download.
P.S. If you believe a poll is missing, please just leave a comment :)
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