Trump Whines About ‘Fake News Polls’ And Claims His ‘REAL’ Polls Show Him Beating Every Single Democrat
President Donald Trump has a hard time believing polling data that’s sponsored by news organizations he doesn’t like. So what’s he to do? Call them “fake,” and say that his “real” polls depict him in a better light.
Oh, and don’t let the public see them either. Just trust him on this, OK?
Trump tweeted out on Wednesday that polling numbers showing him losing to Democratic candidates vying to win that party’s presidential nomination were inaccurate. “Internal REAL Polls show I am beating all of the Dem candidates,” Trump said.
He went on to deride current polls, saying they were inaccurate, and implying that four years ago, they were wrong, too.
“The Fake News Polls (here we go again, just like 2016) show losing or tied. Their polls will be proven corrupt on November 3rd, just like the Fake News is corrupt!” Trump wrote.
Internal REAL Polls show I am beating all of the Dem candidates. The Fake News Polls (here we go again, just like 2016) show losing or tied. Their polls will be proven corrupt on November 3rd, just like the Fake News is corrupt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2020
In reality, however, the polls from 2016 were actually pretty darn close to getting things right. National polls cannot predict the Electoral College outcome, and though Trump won the presidency, he did not win the popular vote.
Most polls predicted that popular vote outcome, rightly guessing that Hillary Clinton would win on that count.
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polling data, the polls predicted her to win by 3.2 points. She actually won by 2.1 points. Most of the national polls also guessed within the margin of error the correct outcome.
Trump is likely upset because a new set of polling data, from ABC News and the Washington Post — two media organizations the president frequently calls “fake news” — released numbers on Wednesday showing him losing to six Democratic candidates in hypothetical matchups in the 2020 presidential election:
Three of those candidates listed (Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, and Michael Bloomberg) are defeating Trump beyond the poll’s margin of error of 3.5 percent.
Trump can’t do much about polling numbers he doesn’t like from news outlets. However, last summer Trump fired his own pollsters after their internal data was made public, demonstrating that he would lose to Biden in states like Wisconsin and Michigan, places where he beat Clinton in 2016.