One of the campaigns seeks to impeach the credibility of the PPP Poll. This campaign asserts that the poll was manipulated to improve Mondaire Jones's position in the results. The specific allegations spread through social media posts and emails are that the cell phone portion of the polling was hacked by (1) allowing multiple responses to the poll questions from single individuals, and (2) individuals forwarding the link texted by PPP to friends (who were not part of the survey sample contacted by PPP) who then submitted unsolicited responses.
As I explained yesterday, I am part of the group of Greenburgh Democrats who organized and raised funds to take the PPP poll. We take these allegations seriously. We contacted PPP today to review these claims and get PPP's response. The PPP pollster explained that PPP's cell-phone text question system was created to reach the growing number of voters who cannot be readily contacted by landline. The cellphone user is contacted with a text that gives a link to a Survey Monkey poll. The link is unique for each cell phone number that is contacted. The pollster explained that the hack methods I described above have been anticipated by PPP in designing its cell phone polling system. If someone tries to answer multiple times, then all responses from that phone number are automatically discarded. Responses received from third parties who received the link from others will be discarded because the response did not come from the phone number associated with the link in the initial text from PPP.
In summary, the accusations we’ve seen online and in emails misunderstand PPP's polling method. The hacking attempts described above are anticipated and readily countered by PPP’s security system. After speaking to PPP, we are confident in the poll’s integrity with respect to the cell phone portion.
There was no hack of the PPP poll to benefit Mondaire Jones; nor was there any coordination between the poll organizers and the Mondaire Jones campaign.