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On Fox News Sunday, anchor Chris Wallace thought he was being really slick by springing a new Fox News poll on President Trump that showed the incumbent supposedly losing to Sleepy Joe Biden in a national matchup as well as in several key categories.
But Trump wasn’t having it.
Wallace began the poll discussion with this gotcha buildup:
“Mr. President, you’ll be happy to know that Fox News has a new poll out today and you’re going to be the very first person to hear about it.
“In the national horse race, Joe Biden leads you by 8 points, 49 percent to 41. That’s 3, 4 points slimmer than it was a month ago. And on the issues, people trust Biden more to handle the coronavirus by 17 points, on race relations by 21 points, and even on the economy they trust Biden more by 1 point. I understand you still have more than a hundred days to this election, but at this point, you’re losing.”
Trump responded by pointing out, among other things, that pollsters typically disproportionately include more Democrats than Republicans, as they did when he ran against Hillary Clinton, and proved the so-called experts wrong.
“First of all, I’m not losing, because those are fake polls. They were fake in 2016 and now they’re even more fake. The polls were much worse in 2016. They interviewed 22 percent Republicans. Well, how do you do 22 percent Republican? You see what’s going on. I have other polls that put me leading, and we have polls where I’m leading. I have a poll where we’re leading in every swing state. And I don’t believe that your — first of all, the Fox polls, whoever does your Fox polls, they’re among the worst. They got it all wrong in 2016. They’ve been wrong on every poll I’ve ever seen.”
(Source: Fox News)
In his zeal to make Trump look bad, Wallace didn’t or doesn’t seem to realize that national polls are relatively meaningless. It’s data — assuming it’s valid — from swing states that is important.
Trump also insisted that the economic approval rating for Biden, a career politician, can’t be accurate because Trump has always led on the economy, which obviously took a major hit with the COVID-19 lockdown, but appears incrementally on the way back.
Even Trump’s detractors have to admit that his pre-COVID stewardship of the economy has been masterful. And despite the fake news narrative and that there is always room for improvement at all levels of government, Trump launched an unprecedented medical mobilization to combat the coronavirus which included a remarkable public sector-private sector partnership,
The POTUS seemed to partially duck Wallace’s related question about whether basement-dwelling Biden is senile. Trump simply indicated that Joe Biden is “not competent” to handle the economy, let alone all the other myriad duties of the presidency.
“To be president, you have to be sharp and tough and so many other things. He doesn’t even come out of his basement…”
“[Biden] doesn’t know he’s alive. Do the American people want that, number one. Number two, I built the greatest economy ever built anywhere in the world; not only of this country, anywhere in the world. Until we got hit with the China virus. We got hit with the virus, shouldn’t have happened, and we had to close up, we saved millions of lives. Now we’ve opened it up, got to go back to school. We’re open. We’ve got to do things.
“We had the best job numbers we’ve ever had last month. We should have good ones coming up in two weeks. Look, I built the greatest economy in history, I’m now doing it again. You see the numbers; the numbers are through the roof.”
Neither Trump nor anyone else should expect the methodology of the Fox Poll to improve especially as the Murdoch Bros ascend and the father relinquishes more day-to-day control of the business. For instance, James Murdoch and his wife reportedly contributed $615,000 each to the Biden Victory Fund in June. Jerry Hall, the elder Murdoch’s wife and former model and ex-girlfriend of Mick Jagger, gave Biden a far more modest $500.
While the Fox News prime-time lineup with Tucker Carlson, Hannity, and Laura Ingraham is solid, the network seems to be moving left outside of its most-watched evening schedule, perhaps because executives believe their own fake polls and really think Biden will win.
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