Trump Cries ‘Fake News’ After Reports of Devastating Internal Campaign Polling

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Political campaigns typically keep their internal polling under wraps when the results aren’t beneficial to the candidate, and President Donald Trump doesn’t seem to be very happy with the grim picture painted by leaked polls from his campaign.

Trump’s anger appeared on Wednesday morning in the typical form of a tweet crying “fake news” over the reported polling. The president offered an evidence-free claim of “fake polling” done by news outlets to harm his campaign.

“Had it in 2016, but this is worse,” he wrote. “The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign which, by the way and despite the phony and never ending Witch Hunt, are the best numbers WE have ever had.”

The president claimed, without evidence to dispute the reporting, that the numbers were “fake” and “don’t even exist.”

Trump’s morning Twitter storm comes on the heels of a New York Times story reporting how the president instructed aides to deny internal campaign polling that showed him struggling against former Vice President Joe Biden and lagging in some of the same Rust Belt states that helped propel him to the White House in 2016.

But while the Trump campaign may struggle to frame internal polling in favor of the president, public polls are just as bleak for Trump’s reelection prospects. In Quinnipiac University’s first head-to-head polling of the cycle on Wednesday, Trump is trailing, well, just about everybody.

That polling should be taken with the obvious caveat that the general election is still 510 days away and perceptions of the Democratic candidates and President Trump are likely to change by then. Quinnipiac also notes that the new 42% approval rating is inching closer to the highest the president has ever received in a Quinnipiac survey.

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Dave Hardesty

The only poll that has any meaning is the one on election day after the candidate for the presidency is announced. BTW, the popular vote has not always been the same as the Electoral Vote five times in our nation’s history. Trump was legally and lawfully elected and HRC lost. Get over it or as liberal trolls leave on their background info on DISQUIS “DEAL WITH IT.”
Besides God made the decision for His reasons. I you don’t like it, take the matter up with Him.


Among other things, a takeaway from 2016 would be to not take polling for granted.

If I were a Dem candidate i would take absolutely 0 comfort in being polled higher than the president anyways.

General Confusion

I thought that the 2016 polling was dead on. It suggested that Clinton would win. She did (win the popular vote). They couldn’t predict how the EC would sway things, though, in the end. Some polls also suggested that Trump had a chance. That was also true, too. Now, depending which sources WE listened to, we may have believed that it was a slam-dunk. I didn’t think that. I was right to be very afraid of a Trump win and I had said so publicly before the vote. That’s why listening to one (biased?) source is not a great idea.… Read more »


I didn’t say polls weren’t accurate if you’re talking straight numbers. But an election isn’t straight numbers.

I just said not to take it for granted – which i think Clinton did – and not to take a lot of comfort in any poll that shows you ahead.

General Confusion

Try telling that to the backseat quarterback Republicans here. They still are saying told you so.

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