Romney Team: The Polls Are Wrong

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Confronted by a flurry of surveys showing their candidate trailing, Romney advisers simply insist the data are wrong.

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The Romney campaign is questioning several swing-state polls out today that show President Obama is firmly ahead of his GOP challenger, saying the method used "does not make sense."

Three new polls from CBS News/New York Times/Quinnipiac University show Obama up 9 percent in Florida, 10 percent in Ohio and 12 percent in Pennsylvania.

Republicans recently have complained that Democrats are being over-sampled in polls, skewing the results. Pollsters have argued that the results reflect slight changes in public sentiment, and that adjusting their polls to match arbitrary party-identification targets would be unscientific.

Ed Gillespie, a senior advisor to the Romney campaign, delivered some complaints on Wednesday on Fox News' Fox & Friends, saying that the polls "are not consistent with our polling."

"I'm struck by a couple of things," he said. "One, three swing state polls out today and in every single one of them, they have a Democratic voter participation that is higher than the participation in the electorate in 2008. I don't know anyone on the ground in any of these swing states who believes that there will be a higher Democratic percentage of the electorate in 2012 than there was in 2008."

He added: "Yet, in every single one of these surveys, there is a higher percentage -- which explains, by the way, how it is that the Governor Romney, could be tied or leading with independents in those polls and yet losing the net poll to President Obama. Does not make sense."

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Jonathan Miller is a staff reporter for the Daily Briefings Team at National Journal.

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