Conan O’Brien Tries to Give Lincoln Chafee a Lift in the Polls
Pollsters tend to be cut and dry in their analyses of how candidates are faring, but Monmouth University made a point on Tuesday of kicking one lagging Democratic presidential candidate while he is down.
Lincoln Chafee, the former Rhode Island governor, has failed to garner a single supporter in the last four national polls, which have queried a total of 1,475 Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters.
The latest poll came after Mr. Chafee got free publicity from Conan O’Brien, the comedian who began a “Get Lincoln Chafee to 1%” campaign on his television show in August.
Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, addressed the comedian’s efforts in the poll’s analysis: “Sorry, Team Coco,” he wrote, using a nickname for Mr. O’Brien and his fans. “You failed: Maybe you should think about switching to Jim Gilmore,” Mr. Murray wrote, referring to another candidate, a Republican, who is failing to register.
If Mr. Chafee were to reach the 1 percent threshold, it would place him in a three-way tie with Mr. O’Malley and former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia.
Mr. Chafee’s campaign had little explanation for his lack of support in the Monmouth polls, but Debbie Rich, a spokeswoman for the candidate, said that he had been “well received” at appearances in Iowa and New Hampshire.
“If there’s any accuracy to the Monmouth poll, it looks like O’Malley, Webb and Chafee still have more work to do,” Ms. Rich said.