A national research company found a pay television broadcaster intentionally distorted data to make the Democratic Party seem more popular among voters.
Serious questions have been raised about the credibility of CNN’s latest poll, which once again predicted the Democratic Party would win the presidency at the general election on Nov. 3.
The study claimed 55 percent of 1,259 adult respondents preferred Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. This was 14 points higher than President Donald Trump’s 41 percent voting preference. It also stated the incumbent’s approval rating was only 38 percent, representing the worst result since former presidents Jimmy Carter and George H. W. Bush.
McLaughlin & Associates, which was commission by the Trump 2020 campaign team to review the broadcaster’s methodology, believes more likely voters should have been surveyed instead of relying so heavily on those who are registered. The company is concerned this methodology could have skewed the results in favor of the Democratic Party.
“They continue to poll adults or registered voters that skew away from likely voters,” partner and CEO John McLaughlin said in a letter to the president who shared it on Twitter. “It is a poll of 1,259 adults—not even registered voters, let alone likely voters. Also, it was done between June 2 and 5, before the great economic news from last Friday.”
McLaughlin observed a similar trend in polls CNN conducted about the 2016 general election that incorrectly predicted Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would become the next president. He believes the broadcaster is deliberately under polling likely voters.
“The refusal to screen for actual likely voters is creating an under-polling of Republicans and therefore Trump voters … it is exactly what the media did in 2016,” he said. “The latest skewed media polls must be intentional. It is clear that NBC, ABC, and CNN who have Democrat operatives like Chuck Todd, George Stephanopoulos, and other Democrats in their news operations are consistently under-polling Republicans and therefore, reporting biased polls.”
CNN categorically denies fudging the numbers
CNN categorically denied the claims as “factually and legally baseless” in a subsequent letter to Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis.
“Your allegations and demands are rejected in their entirety,” general counsel and CNN Executive Vice President David Vigilante said in the official statement. “It is yet another bad faith attempt by the campaign to threaten litigation to muzzle speech it does not want voters to read or hear.”
The broadcaster claimed in its 40-year history it had never been threatened with legal action because a politician or campaign team disagreed with its polling results, and suggested McLaughlin & Associates took advantage of CNN’s policy to share its poll methodology.
“McLaughlin was able to evaluate and criticize CNN’s most recent poll because CNN is transparent and publishes its methodology along with its polling results,” Vigilante said. “Because of this, McLaughlin was free to publish his own critique of CNN’s analysis and share his criticisms across the U.S. media landscape. That is how free speech works, it is the American way.”
However, the president believes CNN’s poll was based on false data.
“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 said on Twitter. “This is the same thing they and others did when we defeated ‘crooked’ Hillary Clinton in 2016. They are called suppression polls, and are put out to dampen enthusiasm. Despite 3.5 years of phony ‘witch hunts,’ we are winning, and will close it out on Nov. 3.”