April 28th, 2009
01:56 PM ET
9 years ago

Specter's GOP polling firm quits campaign

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Arlen Specter's Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, is resigning from the Pennsylvania senator's campaign following his party switch.

"Senator Specter has been a record-setting U.S. Senator, and we have been part of his campaign team in 1992, 1998, and 2004, but because of his surprising decision to switch parties today, we will no longer be involved," said Specter pollster Glen Bolger in a release Tuesday. "As Republicans, we are disappointed by Senator Specter's decision."

Public Opinion Strategies does polling for 15 GOP senators and has worked for Joe Lieberman, who left the Democratic Party to become an independent in 2006.

Filed under: Arlen Specter
soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Don't need them, we Democrats take care of our own. Republicans need to learn to do the same.

    April 28, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  2. erik

    Agreed...quiters never win...like people who quit their party and obligations to those who trusted them.

    Specter doesn't have a chance in re-election. He won't win the democrats nomination to run...and if by some odd chance he does, he won't win the election.

    April 28, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. HmmmmH

    More republican quiters, what a bunch of "dead headers" to quote a former government official....

    April 28, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. major

    Resign before being fired. Very Nixonian.

    April 28, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Had It

    Oh well, JUST another polling firm that polls ONLY republicans.

    April 28, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. Had It

    (Stocks are going up – he he he he he) == ONE LESS GOP

    April 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. akin

    Obama is moving higher, This great nation is finally moving towards
    the right path

    April 28, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. JimZ

    Isn't using a partisan polling firm a bad idea in the first place? That would be like getting all your news from Fox.

    April 28, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. nick

    No big loss to Mr. Specter, that had him behind in the polls, so i guess they were not supporting the client, unless he toed the Republican line

    April 28, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. Anonymous


    April 28, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  11. SarainDallas

    Welcome Arlene Spector a true bi-partisian!
    Apparently there is no room left in the Republican party for moderates anymore. Specter was left with no choice as many moderate repubs have become independent voters, leaving a base of far right conservatives that were gonna vote him out in the primary. The republicans need to veer to the middle, not to the right as they have been doing, or they risk losing even more moderates and putting more people like Michelle Bachman and her inflammatory rhetoric into office.

    April 28, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. fudge

    Oh boy! Rush Limbaugh is going to have your head on a stick.

    April 28, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  13. Patty in the CA mountains

    Sounds like this "republican" polling firm clearly sees the writing on the wall.....they can't skew the results toward the "right" if the candidate lives in the "left"......hehehe

    April 28, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  14. JOE

    I will bet Rush Limpballs blood pressure is 200/100 this morning...

    April 28, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Melissa

    Well of course. They're GOP. Its not like they can behave like adults, it would be un-GOP-like.

    April 28, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Proud to have Senator Specter

    Thats quite alright for you to quit.. I'm sure some Democrat polling company will do him a more honest job.. Welcome to the right party for you, who works for his people.

    April 28, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  17. jj

    i support U senator Specter. Now where can i donate for ur re-election.

    April 28, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. DJS

    POS? Your acronym is POS!? LOL! Fitting. An apt description of the party for whom you poll.

    To paraphrase POS: "As Americans, we are disappointed by Republicans' decisions."

    April 28, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  19. obama/mama

    Are they serious. He can make up his own mind. Republicans act like their a CULT......Hmmm

    April 28, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  20. David in Houston

    How is this news?

    They are a 'Republican Polling Team'! They were about to be fired anyways!

    April 28, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    HAHA! The math just got too hard for them!

    April 28, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. TJ

    Oh well, just like a REP.

    April 28, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  23. Lou from CT

    As others have said, I'm sure the Democrats will find him a firm to work with...

    April 28, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  24. Mike O'Brien

    Enjoy your vacation from 'polling' for Senator Arlen Spector..., because it is apparent that you didn't do a very good job. Mike in Montana

    April 28, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Jane

    Another Judas in the crowd. He said he looked at his constituants. In reality he was approached and coached by the Democrats. Another back scratchin good ole boy routine.

    April 28, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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