Polls are a valuable tool for any elected official. While they tell some of the story they don’t tell all of it. Regardless, no one studies these surveys quite like Donald Trump. If it has a bad result, the President is always quick to call it “fake.”
Earlier this week, CNN released a poll that showed Joe Biden leading Trump by 14%. The President predictably hit the ceiling, even hiring a polling firm to poke holes in the network’s methodology. And now, the Trump campaign is demanding that CNN apologize for and retract the poll.
The Trump campaign hired McLaughlin & Associates to review the survey. The company is consistently seen as one of the country’s most inaccurate. McLaughlin is given a D grade from fivethirtyeight.com.
McLaughlin? The same guy who got Eric Cantor’s historic defeat wrong by 34 points? THAT McLaughlin? You’re too funny… https://t.co/rovHxOEJPo
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) June 8, 2020
Still, the White House has plowed forward with the findings.
Trump campaign workers Jenna Ellis and Michael Glassner sent a cease and desist letter to CNN head Jeff Zucker. They write of the poll, “It’s a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President.”
The poll from CNN is in-line with most recent studies on the 2020 Presidential election. It is one of a number showing Trump trailing Joe Biden by double digits.
CNN responded to the White House’s claim, “we stand by our poll.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.