January 25, 2010

Growing Opposition to Right-wing Polling Project

"It is troubling and disappointing to learn of the events that were allowed to unfold at our state'€™s flagship institution of higher learning,'€"

A week ago, One Wisconsin Now delivered the unfortunate news that WPRI-UW poll materials suggest a deliberate removal of references to statewide opposition to private school vouchers. Since then, significant criticism has mounted against the troubling partnership between the state’s most prominent right-wing think tank, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, and the UW Political Science Department.Yesterday, Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts (D-Middleton) is the latest public figure to speak out against the WPRI-UW right-wing polling project:

“€œIt is troubling and disappointing to learn of the events that were allowed to unfold at our state’€™s flagship institution of higher learning,”€ Pope-Roberts said. “€œWPRI used UW-Madison’€™s credibility to kick dirt over polling information that they knew would not be as beneficial for their cause.”

Rep. Pope-Roberts joins the growing opposition to WPRI—a notorious far-right, free market think tank—trading in on UW’s reputation. Local columnist, Ed Garvey, wrote the Capital Times expressing similar concern:

“Now we also have the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute/University of Wisconsin-Madison poll — a ‘€œpartnership’€ between right-wing WPRI and our great state university’€™s political science department. The institute apparently needed credibility to persuade people to pay attention to the Bradley Foundation poll.” [The Bradley Foundation is the money behind WPRI]

In the words of Chef Gordon Ramsay: Shut it down!

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Cody currently oversees online communications, web development, and graphic design at One Wisconsin Now & the Institute, having served previously as Deputy Research Director.

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