GOP nominee Donald Trump has charged that Democrats are making up polls as a way of “suppressing” his campaign.
“Major story that the Dems are making up phony polls in order to suppress the Trump. We are going to WIN!” Trump tweeted Monday morning.
Major story that the Dems are making up phony polls in order to suppress the the Trump . We are going to WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 24, 2016
Trump is most likely referring to the fact that in a plethora of recent polls, outlets such as Reuters, The Washington Post and ABC News have been disproportionately polling more registered Democrats, and presenting the findings as a fair representation of all voters.
Some of the polls have shown Hillary Clinton to be leading by double figures.
Last week, following the final Presidential debate, for the third time in a row, CNN sampled more Democrats than Republicans to produce a post-debate poll that handed Hillary Clinton victory.
Meanwhile, the vast majority of other polls found that Trump won the debate in the eyes of most voters.
CNN reported that its poll found Hillary won the debate by 52%-39%. This follows the results of their poll after the first debate, which found that Hillary won 62%-27% and the second debate, which found that Hillary won 57%-34%.
In its own article, CNN failed to report how many Democrats were sampled compared to Republicans for the final debate poll, but the Independent reports, “Democrats accounted for 36 per cent of the 547 registered voters surveyed , while only 29 per cent of respondents were Republicans.”
This means that CNN has sampled more Democrats than Republicans three times in a row – so it’s unsurprising that Hillary won all three debates by wide margins.
For the first debate, CNN sampled 41% Democrats compared to just 26% Republicans, while for the second debate, CNN sampled 36% compared to 27% Republicans. Out of those respondents, 58% already supported Clinton before the debate.
Presenting the rigged polls as scientific data, CNN suggested Monday that Hillary is “looking past Donald Trump and preparing for a transition to the White House”.
In addition, an email released via wikileaks as part of its Podesta leak shows that Hillary’s campaign discussed in detail exactly how to “manufacture” desired data from polls. The email requests recommendations on “oversamples for polling” in order to “maximize what we get out of our media polling.”
The email thread also contains a 37-page guide with a plethora of poll-rigging recommendations, including over sampling of demographic groups such as African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans being highly recommended.