However, their polling in West Virginia the past couple of election cycles has been quite accurate, and until this year, quite frequent.
In 2011, PPP conducted a total of 16 statewide polls, including seven on the special election for governor.
Now, it's been more than a year since PPP did a state poll.
Numerous calls to PPP headquarters went unreturned, but since PPP typically polls presidential, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, the assumption is that PPP does not consider any of those races competitive enough in West Virginia this year to justify polling.
Considering he's facing $2 million of attack ads from out-of-state special interests, it's a bit of nitpicking to complain about Attorney General Darrell McGraw's campaign sending out a flier in the form of an official-looking letter from the attorney general's office, complete with a business-size envelope with a cellophane address window.
On one hand, it's pretty shrewd. A lot of political consultants hate direct mail fliers, primarily because many voters throw them out without reading them -- particularly on days when multiple fliers arrive in the mailbox.
I imagine 99 percent of the recipients of the McGraw letter opened it, wondering -- as I did -- what the heck they had done to get in trouble with the attorney general's office.
On the other hand, Patrick Morrisey campaign manager Scott Will made a good point when he said, "Sadly, Darrell McGraw is guilty of the exact type of behavior he has sworn an oath to prosecute: deceptive advertising."
Indeed, in 1996, McGraw sued a Texas outfit called Sweepstakes Clearinghouse for mailing a promotional circular in envelopes designed to resemble those used to mail W-2 forms, right down to a warning that interfering with the delivery of the letter is a felony.
(The envelope for the McGraw mailer features a small but readable disclaimer that it contains campaign material.)
Sweepstakes Clearinghouse, by the way, ultimately agreed to a settlement that included $38,000 in refunds to state residents.
Finally, quote of the week: "I can't tell you who I'm voting for. It's a secret ballot." -- President Barack Obama, prior to going to Chicago to early vote. Perhaps Sen. Manchin or Gov. Tomblin might want to adopt that line the next time they're pestered about how they're voting for president ...
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.