President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign recently fired a polling organization after data it found was leaked, revealing Trump was behind in close to a dozen key states.
Trump was losing to Democratic candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida, three states he had won in 2016. They also showed the president losing to Biden in Virginia, and barely winning in states like Texas, where Trump only outpaced Biden by two points, according to reporting from NBC News.
(It’s important to note: Joe Biden was the only Democratic contender whose numbers were leaked out to the press.)
Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale defended the president, arguing that the polling numbers, which were obtained from March, were “ancient.”
Yet some political analysts seem to believe that the leaked numbers emanated from Trump’s own people, and may serve as an indirect way for them to try and get the president to pay attention to what’s going on in America — including taking stock in how the citizenry really feel about him.
According to reporting from Newsweek, CNN’s David Gregory openly questioned why leaks continue to come out of the White House.
“Why is it that this information gets leaked?” he asked a panel of guests on the network.
Trump’s own people “are thinking, you know, you’ve got to stop the madness,” he added. “And we have to put this stuff out there. And I think that’s a real problem for him and he knows that.”
"Campaign sources speculated the bleak poll numbers were leaked for a purpose: to send a wake up call to Trump about his poor standing."
And then they fired the pollsters. https://t.co/bOCry36Dyd
— Joshua Holland 🔥 (@JoshuaHol) June 17, 2019
Bianna Golodryga, another CNN contributor, expounded upon Gregory’s points.
“Why do people continue to leak in this administration? Why does he have such an…untrustworthy group of people surrounding him?” Golodryga asked. “I think David’s right. I think they’re actually looking out for him and this is a cry for help saying, ‘if he’s not listening to the polls, we’re going to go to the public.'”
Trump indeed only seems to promote polling data that puts a positive spin on his administration. This isn’t uncommon for presidents to do, or to spin data that demonstrates people favor their points of view.
But for Trump, it’s especially noticeable when he only cites polling data that says he has 50 percent support, for example, when all other polls show his approval ratings dipping in the mid- to low-40s, sometimes high 30s.