“Undercover Trump voters” could help pull off a decisive victory in November, Trump’s campaign manager suggested in a recent interview.
Speaking to the UK’s Channel 4 in a report entitled “Could Trump win?”, Kellyanne Conway said polls showing Trump losing to Hillary are manufactured by the media and do not reflect the actual public sentiment.
“The polling numbers for Donald Trump are looking pretty bad now, aren’t they at the moment?” reporter Matt Frei asked.
“Not all of them, no. Just the cherry-picked polling numbers that are put out by media outlets that are also bent on his destruction,” Conway responded, adding that online polling consistently shows something much different.
“Our internal polling is proprietary and confidential so I won’t discuss it, but I will tell you that Donald Trump performs consistently better in online polling where a human being is not talking to another human being about what he or she may do in the election.”
Conway explained American voters are under social pressure to appear as though they dislike Trump, but that anonymous online polling affords voters the ability to make choices they might otherwise be ridiculed for publicly embracing.
“It’s because it’s become socially desirable, especially if you’re a college educated person in the United States of America, to say that you’re against Donald Trump,” Conway described.
“The hidden Trump vote in this country is a very significant proposition,” Conway said.
Asked if they have a number on so-called “undercover voters,” Conway replied, “I can’t discuss it. It’s a project we’re doing internally. I call it: ‘The Undercover Trump voter,’ but it’s real. And I think that if you go around this country and talk to people, you’ll see it’s real as well.”
The campaign manager’s words were quickly reinforced when Frei interviewed Trump impersonator John Di Domenico in front of the White House, who broke character to disclose what he’s personally witnessed.
“You travel all over the country doing this schtick. What’s the impression that you get? What’s your own personal polling telling you about his popularity?” Frei asked.
“I’ve been on the road almost non-stop since last August,” Di Domenico said. “I would say he’s going to win in a landslide. You see it in the polls on the news one way, and when you hit the ground and meet people, it’s totally different.”
Conway’s assertion that Trump is actually polling higher in anonymous online polls was also vindicated by the maker of the Zip question and answer app, who told USA Today earlier this month their polls show Donald Trump in the lead.
The app co-founder, Ric Militi, attributed the discrepancy between their polling and mainstream polls to the factor of online anonymity.
“We’re not a poll. We’re a conversation, and 100% anonymous,” Militi says. “People feel comfortable answering questions without fear of being bullied or being called a racist. People can express themselves safely, and you get a pure answer.”