A recent report revealed that a new ABC-IPSOS survey, which shows that a majority of Americans reject President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic, was based on only 533 people, with no preference for likely or registered voters, and a significant bias toward the Democratic Party.
The poll—released on Sunday, Sept. 13—was intended to show the public disagreeing with the President on both the coronavirus pandemic and his allegedly derogatory comments to the military.
“But the poll is almost less scientific than a Twitter survey, given who was polled and in what percentages and ratios,” author and politician Raheem Kassam said in a column published on The National Pulse.
Kassam revealed that the poll questioned 31 percent of Democrats and only 25 percent of Republicans.
The Claremont Institute researcher said that ABC-IPSOS refused to reveal the bias toward Joe Biden’s candidacy on its website. The published document was devoid of that detail about those who participated in the poll.
Instead, the pollster merely reported that “Party ID benchmarks are from recent ABC News/Washington Post telephone polls.”
Kassam notes that the ABC/Washington Post’s July poll also “stacked the decks” in favor of the Democratic Party, revealing the preferences of 522 Biden supporters and only 399 Trump supporters, a 27 percent bias toward Democratic voters.
Another questionable aspect of ABC-IPSOS’s work is that it also did not attempt to take the preferences of registered or likely voters, this being, in Kassam’s words, “a key factor when attempting to rely on polling as a means by which to inform an election.”
Instead, IPSOS stated that the survey was conducted on September 11-12, 2020, by IPSOS using the probability-based KnowledgePanel® and based on a “nationally representative probability sample” of 533 adults from the general population aged 18 and older.
Election survey results have become increasingly controversial in recent times, especially after 2016, following the U.S. presidential election and the Brexit referendum.
In that year, the absolute majority of polls indicated that Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would comfortably prevail over her Republican opponent, Donald Trump. For example, the HuffPost poll showed Clinton had a 98.1 percent win over Trump’s 1.9 percent. Finally, the reality reflected the opposite.
In the same vein, most British media assured that the vote for Brexit in England would give a significant victory to the “no” to the country’s exit from the European Union. However, once again, the vote leaned towards “yes,” and today, the country continues its process of independence from the continental bloc.