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Trump pollster: Media’s impeachment polls undersample GOP, skew results
“The media was skewing polls to lower the president’s job approval and create the false impression Americans wanted to impeach President Trump,” alleged pollster John McLaughlin
Mainstream media polls showing large majorities favoring a second impeachment of President Trump are skewed, according to Trump campaign pollster John McLaughlin.
“The media was skewing polls to lower the president’s job approval and create the false impression Americans wanted to impeach President Trump,” pollster John McLaughlin told “Just the News AM” television show.
Polling McLaughlin conducted for Trump’s Save America PAC in 17 swing states Jan. 10-11 — following the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot — found that 77% of all voters think Congress should make its priority this week dealing with the coronavirus, while only 23% prefer impeaching President Trump.
McLaughlin said a CBS poll released Wednesday finding that 55% of Americans favored impeaching Trump this week was a “skewed poll” because its sample included only 28% Trump voters and 25% Republicans.
The CBS poll’s sample, McLaughlin said, included “not 36 [percent Republicans], which the media polls had on Election Day this year, but they had 25% — that’s an 11 point partisan skew reducing the Republican vote,” McLaughlin said, noting that Trump won nearly 47% of the national vote.
“They do this with a straight face, and they carry the headlines, and it wasn’t just them,” said McLaughlin. “You had The Economist with skewed polls, you had Politico’s Morning Consult with skewed polls, they’re underpolling Trump voters, and they’re underpolling Republicans so that they can make it seem like it was politically popular to impeach the president. And the voters don’t want this, they want to deal with real problems, they want to move on.”
Calling the Politico Morning Consult poll “terribly skewed to give a false impression voters want impeachment,” McLaughlin noted its sample included 50% Biden voters but only 36% Trump voters, even though Trump received 47% of the popular vote, an 11 point skew.
McLaughlin noted that 49% of those in the Consult poll are Democrats/lean Democrat to 35% Republican/lean Republican, yet the media exit polls on Election Day 2020 were: 37% Democrat to 36% Republican, a 12-point Democrat skew.
“The President has less than a week to serve in office, and he’s focused on a peaceful and orderly transition and making sure there’s no violence and there’s no political partisanship and polarization, and [the biased polls] just keep coming in,” said the pollster. “The media helps them and, this is just me, but certainly the mainstream media and Big Tech are censoring our point of views, and then they’re putting out skewed polls to further their point of view.”
Neither Politico nor CBS News responded to request for comment from Just the News.
The skewed impeachment polls echo the skewed 2020 presidential election polling, according to McLaughlin. “The big disconnect is there was a series of these media polls who were wrong during the year, were predicting a Biden landslide and a Blue Wave,” he said.
In its final 2020 election polling, Morning Consult showed Joe Biden with an 8-point lead over Trump, but the actual margin was just 4.5%. Other media outlets suggested an even wider margin separating the candidates.
Prior to the November election, Brexit architect Nigel Farage suggested to Just the News that mainstream media polls showing president-elect Joe Biden with a far wider lead than actually materialized were failing to accurately gauge support for Trump as a means to suppress Trump voter turnout.
As Biden inauguration approaches, Pelosi has yet to send impeachment article to Senate
Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate is not set to resume formal business until the day before Biden is inaugurated.
With less than one week to go before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has yet to formally deliver the House-passed article of impeachment to the Senate.
“In terms of the timing, as I mentioned, one week ago, on January 6th, there was an active insurrection perpetrated on the Capitol of the United States incentivized by the president of the United States,” Pelosi said during a news conference on Friday. “One week later, Wednesday to Wednesday, that president was impeached in a bipartisan way by the House of Representatives. So urgent was the matter they’re now working on taking this to trial, and you’ll be the first to know when we announce that we’re going over there.”
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Senate is not set to resume formal business until Jan. 19, the day before Biden’s inauguration, so an impeachment trial wouldn’t begin any earlier.
Until Georgia Senate winners Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff as well as Vice President-elect Kamala Harris are sworn in, McConnell remains majority leader and sets the agenda in the Senate.
Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has to certify the Senate election results by Jan. 22. After Warnock and Ossoff are sworn in, the makeup of the Senate will be 50-50 with Harris as the tie-breaking vote.
On Wednesday, the day the House voted to impeach Trump, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that a Senate trial could begin immediately with agreement from “the current Senate majority leader to reconvene the Senate for an emergency session, or it will begin after January 19.”
“But make no mistake,” Schumer continued, “there will be an impeachment trial in the United States Senate. There will be a vote on convicting the president for high crimes and misdemeanors, and if the president is convicted, there will be a vote on barring him from running again.”
If a Senate trial doesn’t begin before Biden is inaugurated, “it is an open question as to whether a former president can face a Senate impeachment trial,” according to the National Constitution Center.
It is also unclear who would preside over a trial in the Senate if Trump is out of office. The Constitution says that the Chief Justice of the United States presides over the trial of a president but is silent about who performs that function in the trial of an ex-president.
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