Veteran pollster: Don't believe the skewed, biased polling

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

2016 election county mapA well-respected veteran pollster is pulling back the curtain on modern-day polling, and the controversial and questionable results they produce.

John McLaughlin, a trusted confidant of then-candidate Donald Trump three years ago, says left-wing bias and questionable methods are reflecting skewed polling results including a recent headline-grabbing poll that suggestes a majority of Americans want his client impeached.

There is no greater example of bad polling, he told radio talk show host Sandy Rios, than the 2016 presidential campaign in which polls predicted Hillary Clinton would easily win the White House and all but trounce Donald Trump.  

Yet the Trump campaign, advised by McLaughlin, was assured that the biased polls did not reflect frustrated voters in Rust Belt states and in Florida, and the pollster advised the campaign hours before Election Day that GOP turnout would secure key battleground states and give Trump an electoral win over the much-favored Clinton.

With more than 240 million eligible voters in the U.S., McLaughlin recalled, a record turnout of 139 million cast a ballot in 2016 and handed Trump a sizeable Electoral College win despite losing the popular vote to Clinton.  

voting in AmericaMcLaughlin, who was interviewed Monday morning on Rios’s show on American Family Radio, made headlines earlier this year after surviving a purge at the White House in which Trump fired several polling firms but kept McLaughlin and Associates.

The firings were viewed by some as the President keeping “yes men” around him who have good polling numbers, The Hill reported in an Oct. 12 story, but that view was disputed by many others who said McLaughlin is respected by numerous GOP politicians for presenting “straight up” figures that are reliable.

According to McLaughlin, the recent Fox News poll that showed a majority of Americans favor impeachment was both sloppy and biased, because self-identified Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 11 percent and hence skewed the results. The questions that were asked were also poorly worded, he told Rios.

“The same media that put their bias to the polls in 2016, that were saying there was no way Donald Trump could win, Hillary had an electoral vote,” McLaughlin told the radio program, “are being done with the same bad methodologies.”

Trump and Hillary shaking handsThe current slate of political polls are often done on the cheap because newsrooms don’t want to fork over the money for a list of registered voters, McLaughlin advised, and therefore polls often don’t reflect the number of likely voters. Left-wing bias is also a major factor, he added.

Even on the well-read RealClearPolitics website, McLaughlin said, only one current poll surveyed likely voters.

“Which is significant,” he told Rios.

Regarding the Fox News poll, McLaughlin said former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes would have never allowed that sloppy poll to be published, but instead it repeatedly led the news cycle as reliable and newsworthy.  


Editor's Note: American Family Radio is a division of the American Family Association, the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.

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