Newsweek poll showing Democrat Barack Obama
leading top Republican presidential hopefuls could have
fabricated and might help al-Qaida, conservative
commentator Ann Coulter said in her latest verbal
best-selling author known for her outrageous statements such
as the gay slur she made about Democratic presidential
candidate John Edwards in March, was asked Sunday on
Fox News' At Large what she thought about the survey
''I think this is
Newsweek doing more push polling for
al-Qaida,'' she said, referring to campaign-season telephone
calls to voters masquerading as neutral surveys but designed
to build opposition to targeted candidates.
Asked by host
Geraldo Rivera whether she thought Newsweek would
make up the results, Coulter said, ''Yes, I do,''
adding, ''In polls where people are actually allowed to
vote, Republicans do a lot better.''
Coulter did not
explain how the poll might help the terrorist group.
Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, some Republicans
have argued that their party would do a better job of
protecting the United States against terrorism than
drew a response from Evans Witt, chief executive officer
of Princeton Survey Research Associates International, which
conducted the Newsweek survey.
''As the 2008
election campaign continues to heat up, I am sure that
there will be informed and incisive criticisms of polls from
many observers,'' he said. Coulter's comments ''do not
fit into this category,'' he added.
Newsweek spokeswoman Jan Angilella said the
magazine would have no comment. (AP)