After CNN released its poll showing President Donald Trump with a major overall margin of victory in 15 battleground states among voters, the leftist news network – often dubbed by the president as “fake news” – allegedly attempted to discount and hide the results.
According to the latest CNN poll conducted from May 7–10 of more than 1,000 registered voters by SSRS, things are not looking very good for former Vice President Joe Biden in a number of states that could determine the 2020 presidential election – many of which have traditionally gone to Democratic nominees.
Biden on shaky ground
Even though Biden has an overall lead nationally over Trump (51% to 46%) among 1,001 registered voters, CNN announced Wednesday that the president has a cumulative 7% lead (52% to 45%) over the former VP in 15 key battleground states among 583 registered voters, including California, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Colorado, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire and New Mexico.
In addition, the CNN poll indicated an all-time high for its polling on Trump’s approval rating – now at 45%.
However, all these findings were mostly ignored or played down by CNN reporters, but conservative media outlets recognized the favorable numbers for the president.
“This survey is great news for President Trump, which is probably why CNN buried the poll on its website and made little mention of it on the air,” Western Journal reported.
Despite the newsworthiness of this poll just months before the election, National Review's Kyle Smith contends that CNN’s anti-Trump political sway was responsible for virtually silencing the results.
“Polls are expensive – news organizations tend to hype them breathlessly to generate headlines in rival media outlets … Wednesday was (obviously) a slow news day, and politics is one of CNN’s core topics,” Smith pointed out. “Yet CNN seemed oddly unenthused about its own poll, and the story to which the homepage linked doesn’t mention that Trump had never scored higher in a CNN poll.”
Regardless, CNN discounted the favorable results for Trump.
“The CNN story doesn’t even tell us what that figure is – seven points seems like a pretty big number – and downplays its own finding by noting, ‘Given the small sample size in that subset of voters, it is difficult to determine with certainty whether the movement is significant or a fluke of random sampling,’” Smith's column noted.
And despite Biden’s favorable treatment from the mainstream media – which consistently airs negative coverage of Trump – the National Review article argues Biden is on shaky ground … at best.
“Biden has an approval rating of only 45% -- as against 46% disapproval – and that’s with Biden mostly shielded from public view,” the report added. “Biden’s penchant for gaffes largely escape notice when his public appearances mainly consist of reading from a Teleprompter in his basement, whereas Trump’s gaffes make headlines.”
Even though Biden’s scandals continue to evade attention in most media coverage, Smith argues that Trump is standing on solid ground heading into the 2020 election – as numbers did not look too favorable for him four years ago, but he came out victorious.
“Biden bears no responsibility for all the things that have gone wrong, whereas Trump not only gets heaped with blame, but the pressure of managing a crisis spurs him on to more gaffes,” the columnist asserts. “Trump probably doesn’t need to win a plurality of voters to win a majority of Electoral College votes … and being disliked by a majority didn’t stop him before: The day he was elected president, he had a 37.5% approval rating, according to the RealClearPolitics poll of polls.”
CNN's Pro-Biden, anti-Trump spin
CNN’s light reporting of its poll was also noticed by Fox News, which saw the minimal coverage portray Biden’s numbers through rose-colored lenses, while shedding a dark tint on Trump.
“A review of transcripts found that only one CNN program on Wednesday mentioned the poll of registered voters that indicated 52% favor Trump, as opposed to 45% for Biden, in key battleground states,” Fox News observed. “During the 11 a.m. ET hour of CNN Newsroom, John King noted that brand-new CNN poll numbers indicated Biden had a national lead in the race for president before downplaying the battleground-states information.”
King made sure to trivialize any positive numbers for the president.
“But remember 2016 – we pick presidents state by state,” King reminded his CNN audience. “Look at the horse race in the 15 states that CNN designates as presidential battlegrounds – take a peek. The president leads in those battleground states, 52 percent to 45 percent … [but] be careful not to invest too much in any one poll – especially in the middle of a pandemic.”