For the second time in less than a week, President Donald Trump has bashed Fox News for not meeting his expectations.
“@FoxNews is at it again,” he angrily tweeted Friday morning, three days after he’d bashed Fox News for tossing “endless softball questions” at Democrat presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell.
.@FoxNews is at it again. So different from what they used to be during the 2016 Primaries, & before – Proud Warriors! Now new Fox Polls, which have always been terrible to me (they had me losing BIG to Crooked Hillary), have me down to Sleepy Joe. Even considering…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
….the fact that I have gone through a three year vicious Witch Hunt, perpetrated by the Lamestream Media in Collusion with Crooked and the Democrat Party, there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
This time the president’s beef lay with a Fox News poll shared on “Fox & Friends” that shows that former Vice President Joe Biden, the leading 2020 Democrat presidential candidate, would beat the president by 10 percentage points were the election held today.
To be clear, while it’s a Fox News poll, it was actually conducted under the direction of two research firms.
“The Fox News Poll is conducted under the joint direction of Beacon Research (D) (formerly known as Anderson Robbins Research) and Shaw & Company Research (R),” a disclaimer on the official results reads.
“Note: In 2019, the firm Anderson Robbins Research changed its name to Beacon Research; the Fox News bipartisan polling team remains unchanged. Fieldwork conducted by Braun Research, Inc. of Princeton, NJ.”
The actual results may be seen below:
It’s unclear why the president blames Fox News as a whole for the results of this poll, especially when you factor in that the hosts of “Fox & Friends” came to his defense.
“Early, early, early, barely buy it — doesn’t matter,” co-host Pete Hegseth, a Trump supporter, said after the results were announced Friday morning.
He continued by suggesting that Biden may not even win the Democrat nomination.
“I still think Joe Biden has to go through the meat grinder of all these debates,” he said.
Watch the full segment below, via FNC’s “Fox & Friends”:
During the first round of Democrat debates last month, the former VP was ruthlessly shellacked by fellow 2020 contender Sen. Kamala Harris over his past.
The feud started when Harris slyly suggested Biden’s a racist.
“I do not believe you are a racist,” she said. “And I agree with you when you commit yourself to the importance of finding common ground, but I also believe — and it is personal, and it was actually very hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputation and career on the segregation of race in this country. And it was not only that, but you also worked with them to oppose busing.”
As the debate progressed, she also took shots at the former VP for his opposition to integrated busing, saying, “There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day. That little girl was me.”
While Biden tried fighting back, his efforts were panned by even liberal media critics as “boring,” “underwhelming” and “out-of-touch.”
Watch his “weak” defense below:
Meanwhile, the former VP’s average poll numbers have dropped from a high of 41.2 percent as recently as May 12 to just 29.3 percent as of late July. If this trend continues, he could very well wind up not winning the Democrat nomination and thus not going up against Trump.
Dovetailing back to the president’s tweet, he was correct about polls during the 2016 presidential election having shown him “losing BIG to Crooked Hillary.”
Only for a few days during the summer of 2016 did Trump outperform then-Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the polls. For the rest of the election, ranging from the summer of 2015 up til the election in November of 2018, Clinton consistently outperformed him.
Despite these poll results, Trump obviously won the election — and by a large electoral margin. Does this mean the polls were wrong? Not necessarily.
Polls don’t take into consideration the electoral map, meaning they only reflect the so-called “popular vote.” And in that regard, they were actually quite accurate.
“The last presidential election featured one of the more accurate sets of early polls for this point in the cycle: Hillary Clinton led Donald Trump 46.2 percent to 41.2 percent in an average of all polls conducted in November and December 2015, missing the eventual national popular vote margin by about 3 points,” FiveThirtyEight noted in a report earlier this year.
The actual results were 48 percent for Clinton and 46 percent for Trump. So even though Trump lost the so-called “popular vote” by 2 percentage points, he still won the election. This means that though polls had predicted that Clinton would win, they weren’t technically wrong.
What does this mean for the president? If nothing else, it suggests that it’s not worth it for him to alienate the only mainstream conservative-leaning news network in America over poll results that he finds annoying, especially since those poll results are mostly irrelevant.
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