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 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. They reported Fake numbers that they made up & don’t even exist. WE WILL WIN AGAIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 12, 2019
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.
- Former Vice President Joe Biden over Trump 53 – 40%
- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) over Trump 51 – 42%
- Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) over Trump 49 – 41%
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over Trump 49 – 42%
- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg over Trump 47 – 42%
- Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) over Trump 47 – 42%
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.