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June 01, 2005

NCPP Special Citation

Just wanted to pass on some very flattering news for MP.  The National Council of Public Polls (NCPP) today announced the winners of it's "Excellence in Media Coverage of Polls Award," Susan Page and Jim Norman of USA Today and Ron Brownstein of of the Los Angeles Times.  The flattering news from the third paragraph of the NCPP press release: 

Mark Blumenthal, a pollster who operates the blog site mysterypollster.com, was given a special citation by NCPP for his achievements in using his website as a forum for discussion of many complex poll-related issues during and after the presidential campaign.  Blumenthal dealt with these poll concerns in a thorough and thoughtful manner that provided much needed illumination in a highly-charged election environment.  [Full release on the jump]

MP is deeply honored and sends his thanks to the review committee. 

Apologies to all for the lack of posting this week.  It's been a busy one.  I'll be back tomorrow. 

JOURNALISM AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PUBLIC POLLS
EXCELLENCE IN MEDIA COVERAGE OF POLLS AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Lee M. Miringoff
President
National Council on Public Polls       
845.575.5050

Susan Page and Jim Norman of USA Today and Ronald Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times have been selected co-winners of the 2005 National Council on Public Polls (NCPP) "Excellence in Media Coverage of Polls" Award.  The award is given annually to a professional journalist who best exemplifies accuracy and insight in reporting polls in the media.

The entry by Susan Page and Jim Norman consisted of five stories that reflected the use of polls to explain American politics during the 2004 presidential election year.  The articles examined issues of importance to voters and divisions in the electorate that defined the contest.  Often ahead of the curve, their work highlighted the role of religion in the election and the importance of commander in chief credentials in shaping voters' reactions to the campaign and candidates.

The entry by Ronald Brownstein consisted of eight articles that explored the depths of public opinion during the presidential election with special attention to using polls to understand electoral dynamics.  His articles also dealt with how polls explained voters' assessments of the policy stances and personal qualities of the candidates.

NCPP President Lee Miringoff noted, "There were many excellent entries, but the work of these award winners caught the attention of the reviewers as being especially insightful in articulating how public polls can be reported in useful ways by journalists.  We are very pleased to give them our recognition for a job well done."

Mark Blumenthal, a pollster who operates the blog site mysterypollster.com, was given a special citation by NCPP for his achievements in using his website as a forum for discussion of many complex poll-related issues during and after the presidential campaign.  Blumenthal dealt with these poll concerns in a thorough and thoughtful manner that provided much needed illumination in a highly-charged election environment.

The review committee of the National Council on Public Polls included Kathleen Frankovic (CBS News), Lee Miringoff (Marist College Institute for Public Opinion), Frank Newport (The Gallup Poll), Harry O'Neill (NOP World), Susan Pinkus (Los Angeles Times), and Humphrey Taylor (Harris Interactive).  The Board of Trustees of the National Council on Public Polls ratified the committee's recommendation at its annual meeting in New York City on May 23rd, 2005.  Because of their connection to the poll reports, Frank Newport did not vote on the USA Today entry.  Susan Pinkus did not vote on the work of the Los Angeles Times. 

Posted by Mark Blumenthal on June 1, 2005 at 05:25 PM | Permalink

Comments

Congratulations! And absolutely deserved. Couldn't have survived the election without your beacon of sanity! Thankyou!

Posted by: Febble | Jun 1, 2005 5:31:16 PM

Bravo! Bravo! Get this man a sponsor!

Posted by: Rick Brady | Jun 1, 2005 6:01:36 PM

The professional journalists, of course, weren't the only ones who attempted to use polling data to explain the vagaries and ups ands downs of politics! ;-)

As it turns out, the NCPP made some excellent choices to single out in Page, Norman, Brownstein... and the MP, whom bloggers like me turned to throughout the election to explain the inexplicable.

Thanks for all your hard work... and thanks for your patience.

Posted by: DemFromCT | Jun 1, 2005 6:08:07 PM

A well-deserved accolade at that.

Posted by: Leo Simonetta | Jun 2, 2005 1:18:13 PM

Congratulations, Mark!

Posted by: Gerry | Jun 2, 2005 2:30:28 PM

Congratulations for the well deserved professional recognition of your contributions.

I think you know there are thousands of us (if not more) in the public who owe you even more for the crucial public education you have given us to better judge the workings of our elections. Your work joins the best of the serious web, IMHO.

Posted by: Alex in Los Angeles | Jun 3, 2005 4:53:24 PM

Congrats. Well deserved, indeed.

Posted by: Petey | Jun 3, 2005 10:13:01 PM

Happy to join the consensus: Congratulations on a well-deserved award, and keep up the good work!

Posted by: David T | Jun 4, 2005 2:15:14 AM

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