ABC News has obtained the internal polling Donald Trump claimed was fake news (probably through the time-honored journalistic technique known as “wait for an insider who hates Trump to hand it to you”), and it ain’t good for the Orange Team.
The polling data, revealed for the first time by ABC News, showed a double-digit lead for Biden in Pennsylvania 55-39 and Wisconsin 51-41 and had Biden leading by seven points in Florida. In Texas, a Republican stronghold, the numbers showed the president only leading by two points.
ABC News did not obtain the poll’s early matchups against other candidates.
The New York Times was first to report the existence of the internal polls.
The poll was conducted from March 15-28, and to be fair, that’s an eternity ago in campaign time. Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale told ABC, “These leaked numbers are ancient, in campaign terms, from months-old polling that began in March before two major events had occurred: the release of the summary of the Mueller report exonerating the President, and the beginning of the Democrat candidates defining themselves with their far-left policy message. Since then, we have seen huge swings in the President’s favor across the 17 states we have polled, based on the policies now espoused by the Democrats.”
Of course, the Barr summary was released on March 24, so this poll did actually capture some of that fake-exoneration mojo. And things have likely only deteriorated for Trump following Robert Mueller’s press conference, the release of the redacted Mueller report, Rep. Justin Amash’s call for impeachment, and Trump’s flailing reaction to all of the above.
The campaign now claims that more recent polling shows the pr*sident leading in the states it has tested, but those polls apparently included leading questions designed to produce rosier results.
The campaign is claiming the new poll “tested the issues the Democrat field is running on” and produced a more favorable result for the president in head to head match-ups against 2020 Democrats when tied to issues like providing free healthcare to illegal immigrants.
Early polls are often subject to change, but it’s notable that the new poll the campaign is now touting tested “issues” tied to 2020 opponents — meaning the Democratic candidates were politically defined by the campaign.
No wonder Trump fears Joe Biden so much.
Then again, his most formidable enemy is his own stupid mouth.
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