Trump Demands CNN ‘Retract’ Poll That Shows Him Losing Badly

Donald Trump, CNN poll

Donald Trump's reelection campaign sent a letter to CNN on Wednesday demanding the network retract a poll that shows Trump losing to presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 14 points.

The campaign claims the poll was "designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling."

"It's a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President," reads letter, which was sent by the campaign's senior legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, and chief operating officer Michael Glassner.

According to CNN, the letter from the campaign "makes several incorrect and misleading claims," including about the poll's sample size and the questions the poll asked.

Trump issued a tweet on Monday saying he "felt [the CNN polls] were FAKE based on the incredible enthusiasm we are receiving," along with a memo from a pollster he hired to push back on the CNN results.

Trump has railed against polls that show him losing for years, often calling surveys he doesn't like "fake."

On May 22, Trump condemned a Fox News poll showing him losing to Biden by 8 points. At that time, he praised a CNN poll that showed Biden with a national lead but Trump holding an advantage in battleground states.

However, sending a cease and desist letter to a media outlet about a poll is a new escalation in Trump's war on the media.

It comes as Trump has both publicly and privately raged about his standing against Biden.

Public polls show Trump's numbers have fallen dramatically in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, and Trump's handling of race relations following yet another killing of an unarmed Black American at the hands of police.

Even internal polls from Trump's campaign show him losing to Biden, raising concerns among his top advisers. Axios reported that the Trump campaign's own numbers are "brutal" for Trump, as independents have drastically shifted toward Biden.

CNN's poll, which showed Trump losing to Biden 41 percent to 55 percent, was the worst finding of any high-quality national poll that's been released in the past few days.

But no recent national polls have shown Trump winning. And that's led to unease from GOP lawmakers, who fear if Trump doesn't make a change, he could take the Republican-controlled Senate down with him in November.

CNN says it has no plan to retract the survey. "We stand by our poll," CNN spokesman Matt Dornic said.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are Trump’s own polls not biased and well-designed?

Absolutely not. In one poll from 2019, former president Trump’s campaign published a poll on “media bias”. In the poll, Trump’s campaign asked misleading questions such as “Do you believe that the media is engaging in a witch hunt to take down President Trump?” In addition, in the beginning of the survey, the Trump campaign listed a call to action that stated ““The Fake News Media is out to get us,” it reads. “This is a fight we can’t afford to lose. Please contribute to FIGHT BACK.”” Does this sound like an unbiased poll on media bias? I don’t think so.

 Did the “incredible enthusiasm” of Trump’s campaign carry him to winning the 2020 presidential election?

No. Former President Trump lost to current President Joe Biden by a margin of 306-232. This loss is ironically the exact “…same margin that Trump bragged was a landslide when he won the White House…” back in 2016. In fact, Biden won the popular vote by over seven million votes. Sounds like enthusiasm pushed Biden over the finish line.

 Is Trump in a better position in 2024 to win against Biden?

No, Trump is not in a good position to defeat Biden in 2024. Trump is predicted to lose to Biden in many high-quality polls, according to poll aggregate website FiveThirtyEight. In polls completed by Morning Consult, Quinnipiac University and Public Policy Polling, Biden is on track to defeating Trump in the 2024 election. Worse for Trump, however, the former president might not even win the 2024 Republican presidential primary. In a survey among GOP county chairs, 73% would consider voting for Florida governor Ron DeSantis in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, while only 43% would consider voting for former President Trump. In addition, 39% of GOP county chairs don’t want Trump to receive the nomination.


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