President Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday afternoon in reaction to a Fox News poll that suggested a majority of Americans were in favor of his impeachment and removal from office, making unsubstantiated claims that the poll always favored Democrats.
“The @foxnewpolls, always inaccurate, are heavily weighted toward Dems,” Trump wrote, errantly tagging a fake Twitter profile that did not belong to the Fox News network. “So ridiculous — same thing happened in 2016. They got it all wrong. Get a new pollster!”
In actuality, Fox’s poll from 2016 was remarkably close, in terms of its national predictions. The poll predicted that then-candidate Trump would lose to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by four percentage points, 44 percent to 48 percent respectively. In the final tally, Clinton indeed defeated Trump by just over 2 percent of the national popular vote, but lost in the Electoral College tally.
The question of impeachment wasn’t the only issue polled, however, and on other matters, Trump is likely to be upset with the polling yet again.
Elegantly buried lede in this Fox News piece:
"68 percent favor Warren’s proposed 2 percent “wealth tax,” including 83 percent of Democrats and 51 percent of Republicans."https://t.co/NgR5xeIhVQ
— Chris Ladd (@ChrisALadd) December 16, 2019
On a number of issues, the Fox News poll that was recently released found Americans trending leftward in their political leanings. A majority of Americans (68 percent) approved of a wealth tax of 2 percent on incomes above $50 million, for example. Sixty-six percent of Americans also supported the idea of a Medicare buy-in program, and 63 percent of Americans supported the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.
Even Obamacare got positive marks, with 53 percent of Americans supporting keeping it intact with only minor changes to the law (only 38 percent wanted it scrapped).
Meanwhile, there were a few issues that most Americans opposed, including one dear to Trump’s heart: the border wall.
The Fox News poll found that only 44 percent of Americans supported efforts to build/extend a wall between the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, 52 percent of Americans said they were against such efforts.
Trump bragged about his plans for a border wall in a tweet on Monday, but so far has not yet acknowledged the finding in the Fox News poll demonstrating it’s an unpopular piece of policy.