Donald Trump has hired one of America’s worst pollsters to claim he is actually winning the election.
After a new CNN poll showed him losing by 14 points to Joe Biden, Trump angrily tweeted, “I have retained highly respected pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, to analyze todays CNN Poll (and others), which I felt were FAKE based on the incredible enthusiasm we are receiving.”
He then tweeted a memo from McLaughlin and Associates, claiming without evidence that the CNN result had been “skewed” against Trump.
There is no evidence that the poll was skewed, and in 2016 polling accurately predicted Trump’s popular vote loss to Hillary Clinton.
The firm Trump hired has a history of inaccurate polling.
“McLaughlin is most famous for his role in a historic upset: the astounding primary 2014 defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to college professor Dave Brat.
McLaughlin was Cantor’s pollster, and released a poll two weeks before the race indicating Cantor would win by 34 points.”
Trump’s angry poll skewing tweets:
…Crooked Hillary Clinton in 2016. They are called SUPPRESSION POLLS, and are put out to dampen enthusiasm. Despite 3 ½ years of phony Witch Hunts, we are winning, and will close it out on November 3rd! pic.twitter.com/4IhuLUZjsv
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2020