(USA Features) Former President Donald Trump blasted media-driven polls from the 2020 election cycle after a study found most grossly overstated his Democratic rival’s support.
“These are crooked, disgusting, and very dishonest media outlets and they know exactly what they are doing,” Trump said, in a statement released by the PAC Save America, referencing an article from the Wall Street Journal published Thursday.
Trump went on to reference the title of the article, “Worst Presidential Poll Miss in 40 Years,” adding they “finally got something right.”
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“It’s called SUPPRESSION POLLING and it should be illegal,” Trump said.
The 2020 polls overstated Democratic support for now-President Joe Biden “in every type of contest we looked at.” said Joshua D. Clinton, a professor of political science at Vanderbilt University, who directed the analysis on behalf of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
“This was true no matter how respondents were polled. It didn’t matter whether you’re doing online or telephone polls. A similar level of error was pervasive,” Clinton added.
The group responsible for the findings released them Wednesday at a trade association meeting, with a final report due later. The group did not explain why the oversampling took place or how to correct it before the next election cycle.
Last year’s election polling was the most skewed it has been since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s landslide victory in 1952, with Ronald Reagan’s victory in 1980 being an exception.
On Wednesday, president of the polling trade group AAPOR, Dan Merkle, expressed concern that the surveys have hurt his industry’s reputation.
“An unfortunate consequence of the increased pre-election polling error of 2016 and 2020 is the doubt it has cast on all types of survey research,” Merkle said.
The former president added: “The 2020 Presidential Election was, by far, the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country.
“The good news is, the American people get it, and the truth is rapidly coming out! Had Mike Pence had the courage to send the Electoral College vote back to states for recertification, and had Mitch McConnell fought for us instead of being the weak and pathetic leader he is, we would right now have a Republican President who would be VETOING the horrific Socialistic Bills that are rapidly going through Congress, including Open Borders, High Taxes, Massive Regulations, and so much else!” he added.