Trump Staff Admits Hiding Poll Numbers From President To Keep Him Calm

As the 2020 election approaches, Donald Trump has expressed himself very vehemently on polling. He’s been openly disbelieving when numbers are low, and repeatedly claimed, without evidence, very high approval ratings. Now his aides are admitting that when his polling doesn’t look good, they hide the numbers, or tell the president the polls are misleading so that he won’t get so upset.

Trump aides lie about polls to prevent rage
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Trump has expressed strong opinions on polling many times, calling unfavorable polls fake or wrong, and even saying that Fox News should use CNN‘s pollster when a poll wasn’t to his liking. Even when a poll rated him above Biden on the economy, Trump expressed dismay that 35% of respondents rated Biden favorably. He also announced he’d hired his own pollster when he wasn’t happy with numbers from other sources. Then, of course, there are the claims of high approval for which the president provides no citation or source.

The following samples are from the first two weeks of June alone:

According to Trump’s own staff, his feelings behind the scenes are even stronger. Political Flare reports that Trump’s aides are actually making efforts to keep him from seeing numbers they think will upset him.

One unnamed White House official is quoted as saying, “This helps keep the president from flying into a rage as much as he otherwise would.”

Two anonymous sources are reported to have said that the president is being told that the polls represent “registered voters” rather than “likely voters,” and that Trump supporters are more enthusiastic about showing up for the election than Biden supporters are.

Of course, different sample groups do poll differently, and various polls have different meanings for the election. Currently, FiveThirtyEight says that polls in swing states — states that are less certain wins for either major political party — appear to be giving Biden an edge, and that Trump’s approval ratings for this point in his presidency are below the same time period for Obama, G.W. Bush, Clinton, Reagan, and Nixon, among others.

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