Here’s Nate Silver on Rasmussen:
Rasmussen Reports didn’t do any of these three things. Its pollsters didn’t provide cogent explanations of why their results were different; the only explanation they offered — that it had to do with their likely voter model —turned out not to hold water. Rasmussen also didn’t “fix” its house effect: it was quite persistent throughout the whole cycle. And their polls did quite poorly, rather than extremely well, on Election Day.
Nor has Rasmussen been any more willing to engage in a discussion about the issues in its polling after the fact. When I asked Scott Rasmussen for comment Friday morning, he wrote me a terse e-mail that said he “can’t imagine any need to respond,” and he has been similarly dismissive with other reporters.
Silver has been methodically showing just how crappy Rasumussen’s polls were this cycle. Reporters are generally innumerate, so Silver’s numbers may not have much of an impact, but Ras’ arrogant non-response might. I’m not hoping for much, but I’d be happy if Rasmussen polls were treated like Republican-sponsored polls in the next cycle.