Is CNN Skewing Polls?

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

As a result of CNN skewing polls they are reporting a much lower approval rating for President Trump than Rasmussen.

According to the Daily Caller’s findings, the discrepancies in approval ratings between Rasmussen and CNN is because of CNN skewing polls. The Daily Caller got hold of CNN’s data and found several problems. The main one was oversampling Democrats and Independents. This jumps out at the reader because that was a major flaw in the media’s confident predictions that Hillary Clinton would win.

CNN is doing it again!

The Daily Caller reports, “Why Is CNN’s Approval Rating For Trump 15 Points Lower Than Rasmussen’s?

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CNN is skewing polling data to show the majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Donald Trump is handling the presidency.

The network published a poll Sunday that claims 35 percent of American adults approve of how Trump is performing as president. Those results are in stark contrast to a Monday Rasmussen Reports poll that found 49 percent of respondents approved of how the president is managing the White House.

What accounts for a roughly 15 percentage point disparity?

The Daily Caller News Foundation obtained a full copy of CNN’s poll, which was conducted in conjunction with SSRS, a survey and market research firm. The data include a breakdown of respondents by age, party affiliation, income and other demographic factors. It also includes the methodologies used in conducting the poll, although some information is missing, like how CNN/SSRS chose to sample respondents.

After a review of the CNN data and methodologies, TheDCNF found a number of factors that could account for the 15 percentage point disparity between CNN’s and Rasmussen’s results.

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CNN polled a total of 1,016 adults from Feb. 20-23 nationwide and had respondents self-identify their political affiliations. Thirty-three percent of respondents identified as Democrats, 44 percent as Independent or members of another party and 23 percent as Republicans.

The spread of political ideology could be a problem here, because it might not be an accurate representation of how U.S. adults would describe themselves politically. Looking at the most recent Gallup polling on how Americans self-identify politically, CNN’s figures are off as much as 14 percentage points for Republican representation.

It is very likely that other networks are doing the same thing:

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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