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Sloppy Union Poll Fools National Media — Again

The Daily Caller, Op-ed by Ryan Williams “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.” That may be time-tested advice, but it seems even major media organizations fail to follow it from time to time. How else could you explain the dubious polling “data” – obtained by highly questionable methodology which was roundly debunked nearly a year ago – showing up in multiple stories across several different news outlets? Labor unions, their front groups and various other labor-backed organizations are in the midst of an effort to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers, which probably…

Watchdog.org: Labor-connected polling firm uses gift cards to entice workers, media don’t question data

Watchdog.org. — It took hours for a poll released by Hart Research Associates to circulate the Internet, claiming 87 percent of fast-food workers were injured on the job in the last year. The poll’s release conveniently comes as the big-labor movement to raise the minimum wage in the U.S. to $15, dubbed the “Fight for 15,” reaches a two-year anniversary, and as McDonald’s workers file 28 health and safety complaints against the world’s largest fast-food chain. But to get those responses, the Democratic polling firm that’s worked with groups like the Service Employees International Union enticed respondents to the online poll by offering them…

Flashback: SEIU’s Latest “Study” Relies On Data From Discredited Research Firm

As the SEIU plans to release its latest study critiquing working conditions in the fast food industry, the union is using a research firm that has been criticized for using flawed methodology in the past.  Last year, The Washington Post slammed a similar SEIU-promoted survey that was conducted by Hart Research Associates.  According to the Washington Post, the “national survey” was best characterized as “a non-random-sample web survey that included gift-card inducements in ten major metro areas say they’ve been the victims of wage theft.”  The Washington Post detailed how the poll failed AP standards on nearly all accounts and critiqued…