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By David Weigel | Posted Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at 11:52 AM ET
It started when the mayor of Merrifield, New Hampshire, tweeted that he'd gotten a robo-poll asking about a possible Jeb Bush presidential campaign. It's continued, with random granite state citizens getting the same calls. One of them sent over the gist of questions received last night. (These aren't direct quotes, but paraphrases.
- Do you disapprove or approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as president?
- Favorable or unfavorable view of Romney?
- Favorable or unfavorable view of Gingrich?
- Favorable or unfavorable view of Jeb Bush?
- If the 2012 election were held today, and the candidates were Obama and Romney, who would you vote for?
- Same question, Obama vs. Gingrich
- Same question, Obama vs. Jeb Bush
Last night on the show, Rachel asked who might be behind the mysterious robopolling in New Hampshire, the one Dave Weigel reported asks about former Florida Governor Jeb Bush against President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election. Since Jeb Bush has said he isn't running for anything, why is his name popping up in polls? Who would want to know the answer to that question?
Thanks to the sleuthing of James Carter, we can now tell you the answer: Purple Strategies, a political communications firm. Director Doug Usher tells us that yes, it's his firm. Purple Strategies looks at the 12 swing states that it believes holds the key to the 2012 election. In this month's PurplePoll (pdf), they threw in Jeb Bush.