Pollsters and pundits retreating from the Ron Paul juggernaut

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Pollsters and pundits retreating from the Ron Paul juggernaut

Marty Eels
Published 11/14/2007 - 9:00 a.m. EST

Pollsters and media pundits have been slowly starting the inventible retreat from the Ron Paul juggernaut. Throughout the campaign, media pundits and pollsters have been claiming that Ron Paul did not have support and was at only 1-4% in polls.

Two new polls in New Hampshire have now placed Paul at 7% and John Zogby told Sean Hannity today that he thinks Paul can get 15-18% in New Hampshire.

Media reports have also floated the idea that the once invincible Rudy Giuliani may not win any primaries until Super Tuesday, yet still be a viable candidate.

The sudden shift in opinions from the expert pollsters and pundits may be partly due to Ron Paul’s record 4.2 million dollar one-day money grab. The crowd of 5,000 people that showed up to a Ron Paul rally in Philadelphia this past Saturday might also have made it obvious that the polls have been wrong.

Pundits and pollsters are still clinging to the notion that Paul can’t win. They are citing polling data as evidence to back up their opinions.

This weekend in an interview right after the Philadelphia rally, Paul effectively linked two major issues in this campaign. Paul maintained that U.S. foreign policy is bankrupting America and adversely affecting the economy.

An article on Tuesday claimed that the Iraq and Afghanistan war costs are $1.6 Trillion dollars. Reports like that boost Paul’s message of military non interventionism and that ‘maintaining empire overseas’ is bankrupting the U.S.

If Paul can continue to link foreign policy, monetary policy, and the economy, his support may increase.
 
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According to this Paul still only has 4% in Iowa and 8% in New Hampshire. Huckabee looks like he has real change, jumping all the way to 21% in Iowa(from around 8%??).