Last week, Fox News broadcast a questionable poll image in which they placed the poll leader, Sen. Rand Paul, at the bottom of the list and put Jeb Bush on top.
Notice that the name listed last, Rand Paul, has the highest poll number and performs the best against Democrat Hillary Clinton. Still, it’s possible this could have just been random ordering on their part and completely unintentional.
But this week, Fox News did it again.
Only this time, Paul’s name was left off the poll completely.
This latest poll image put Jeb Bush on top (again) and included candidates’ names who to date haven’t generally been as competitive as Paul, such as former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
When looking at the data and questions comparing GOP candidates’ numbers against Clinton, not only was Rand Paul’s name not featured in the television image—he wasn’t even included in the poll. The names included were Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, John Kasich, Carly Fiorina and Mike Huckabee.
Paul’s name was included in the Fox News survey’s favorability ratings, and in that polling Kasich and Fiorina barely registered at 1-2 percent, whereas Paul came in between 7-10 percent, depending on the category.
In New Hampshire, Paul is even beating Clinton among independents.
If Rand Paul were making fewer waves, as few as John Kasich perhaps, then leaving him off a presidential poll might make sense.
But in some polls, Paul has been competitive with, and in some categories is even beating, the only Democratic presidential contender Republicans are focused on.
It doesn’t make sense.
So why was Rand Paul’s name left off a presidential poll on the most widely viewed news network in the United States?