Fox News’ Melissa Francis sparks firestorm when she admits she has ‘a blast’ toying with pollsters

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Fox News anchor Melissa Francis shocked some of the liberal media when she admitted she does not put much trust in polling and often misleads pollsters.

The admission by Fox Business Network’s “After the Bell” co-anchor that she has “a blast” when called with polling questions raised some eyebrows on Thursday.

(Image: Fox News screenshot)

Francis addressed the pearl-clutching liberals on Twitter about comments she made during a segment on Fox News’ “Outnumbered” on Thursday, apparently shocking CNN’s Oliver Darcy as well when she declared that “polling is in fact garbage.”

Francis revealed how she will “toy” with pollsters who call her during an “Outnumbered” segment addressing the removal of Brad Parscale as Trump campaign manager, and current polling on the presidential race. She noted how she has been polled twice recently and how her demographics must make her “popular” with pollsters.

“Because I’m not affiliated with a party, I am married, I have three children,” she said. “I think I am a woman of a certain age, so I am sort of the vote that people are looking for. I have a blast when they call me.”

“None of the information—sometimes I’m somebody who voted for [New York Mayor Bill] de Blasio but now I was thinking about Trump,” Francis added. “Sometimes it just depends how I toy with these folks.”

The Daily Beast’s Justin Baragona flagged the segment in a tweet, asking “are Fox News hosts now claiming they openly lie to pollsters to help push the narrative that all the polls are wrong?”

“Any pollster who calls me – I do not tell the truth,” Francis replied. “It’s not their business. But I misled them left and right in equal measure. Polling is in fact garbage. I also do *always* disclose where I work and ask from whom they purchased my information.”

That comment got the attention of CNN’s media reporter who felt he had to weigh in on the “remarkable admission” from someone at Fox News.

When Baragona followed up on Twitter, asking Francis if this meant she saw her own network’s polling also as “garbage,” she responded: “I don’t trust any polling at all based on my personal experience.”

She later remarked in another tweet that she didn’t know anyone else who had been polled but that she has been contacted by a pollster “20 times in the past 5 years,” adding how this has “undermined my own personal confidence in polling, that is my opinion.”

Baragona covered the comments by Francis in his piece for The Daily Beast, promoting the article in a tweet declaring that the Fox anchor said “she deliberately misled pollsters on the phone, resulting in her eventually admitting that she doesn’t even trust her own network’s highly trusted polling.”

In the article, he was sure to point out that “Twitter sleuths” reveal that Francis “has a history of boosting polling data that supports various Fox-friendly narratives.”

Though Baragona’s exchange with Francis prompted many responses on Twitter, it seemed like Darcy’s urge to weigh in created the most entertainment on the issue.


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