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Approval Polls are Wrong

Updated on January 18, 2017
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Despite:

  • a starggeringly high record number of food stamp recipients
  • Obamacare destroying the health insurance industry
  • high unemployment
  • an abysmal economic recovery (purposeful redistribution of finacial suffering, except for the elitists)
  • a train wreck track record both abroad and at home
  • an inability to address radical Islam and terrorism
  • overreaching executive actions
  • attempts to legalize millions of illegal immigrants at the expense of the American taxpayer
  • countless scandals and examples of corruption (regardless of the press secretary's talking points and liberal media's party narrative)
  • The highly controversial Iran Deal
  • The Syrian red line failure and subsequent fallout
  • Allowing the "JV" team, ISIS to flourish and commit mass genocide and destruction accross the Middle East, along with terrorism in Western nations
  • countless apology tours to weaken American influence
  • losing a staggering record number of Democrat seats in government (in the thousands) during his two terms
  • losing the House, Senate, and then White House to Republicans
  • Facing a complete unraveling of his failed policies and "legacy"

polls continue to trend positively for outgoing President Obama. Sure some of the continuing positive perception could be chalked up to the President's likable personality, but it's understandable to anyone who has been following the general sentiment and mood of the country to comprehend why conservatives, moderates, or anyone living in reality is now looking at these polls with the same apprehension exhibited towards the establishment media outlets.

After all, these are the same polling companies that showed Clinton so far ahead and not only tracked and projected the entire election incorrectly (including the outcome), but often misrepresented the data that they had collected, in order to skew it towards their own personal political biases (obviously Democrat...).

However, it's not merely Obama being up that is a consistent commonality among pollsters, as Trump continues to be presented as struggling with popularity. Yeah... We're supposed to believe that the very polls that over-sampled Democrats during the general election to paint the President-elect as lagging behind can now be an honest source. I don't think that I am going out on a limb by saying that some of these ridiculously low polling illustrations (in the 30s, really Quinnipiac and Monmouth... get real) are not only downright absurd, but also reek of a deliberate attempt to sway the public through the same misinformation campaign that we saw during the presidential election.

Wonder how much over-sampling they are doing to pull off some of these figures:

  • CNN - 44% favorable - 53% unfavorable
  • ABC News - 40% favorable - 54% unfavorable
  • Monmouth - 35% favorable - 45% unfavorable
  • Reuters - 48% favorable - 52% unfavorable
  • Quinnipiac - 37% favorable - 51% unfavorable
  • Gallup - 40% favorable - 55% unfavorable
  • Rasmussen Reports - 51% favorable - 47% unfavorable

Complete "polling" data can be viewed here

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The left will be quick to dismiss this tweet, as with any that originate from Trump (or Breitbart, Fox News, Drudge, and pretty much anyone that opposes the liberal narrative...), but can you blame him or really anyone for being suspicious? Put politics aside (I know, quite the impossible task for most) and really look at this from a strictly critiquing perspective. Hell, a friend and myself were able to successfully track the entire election and Brexit with far greater accuracy than the "professionals."

I challenge anyone to put forth the argument that they would trust these pollsters for an important project at work, which would have negative repercussions if projected incorrectly or possibly damage, let alone destroy the livelihood of someone you care about. You are welcomed to comment or disagree in the comments....

But this transcends polling, as this phenomenon of ignoring and accepting exaggerated, unsubstantiated, and often flat out false information, in exchange for blissful ignorance also relates to how the media treats its viewers (and sadly quite a successful approach...). Most seem to assign a misguided loyalty to political parties over any ambitions to pursue the truth.

With the media and pollsters widely exposed on a federal level this previous election, trust in both has now sunk to an absolute all time low. If these established, agenda-driven information distributors hope to maintain their relevance and credibility, as Americans are increasingly losing faith, perhaps some integrity is in order.

While bias is undoubtedly unavoidable for even the most hardened of news personalities, we should strive for a minimal level of accountability, transparency, and honesty (as we should in government). When media outlets, polling companies, and their staff all but openly endorse a particular party or candidate, it is clearly time for a reassessment of just who we are trusting for our news and information.

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      My Two Pennies 7 months ago from United States

      Peoplepower, glad you think so and thanks!

      I do encourage you to go there. However, we're living through most of it. Sure this is a commentary, so you can challenge some of the social opinions that you view differently, but Obama Care, the Iran Deal, ISIS, historic losses in congresses, "JV"comments, Syria, etc, you will have a hard time refuting....

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      Mike Russo 7 months ago from Placentia California

      MTP; A great hub, but you have never learned how to provide evidence for your assertions. In your introduction, I can dispute almost everyone of your statements, with supporting evidence. But I'm not going there right now.

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      My Two Pennies 7 months ago from United States

      Thanks and good point Jack! This is reflective in this election and the Congressional elections two years ago that Republicans swept.

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      Jack Lee 7 months ago from Yorktown NY

      You make some great points. The thing to remember about polls are they are conducted by people and they always have bias whether they admit it or not. You can phrase a question in such a way to get a desired result. I never trust polls. They can be used to sample public opinion in a slice of time but as we all know, opinion can change from day to day. The other aspect about polling is the sample size and some assumptions of demographics... they can drastically influence the final poll number.

      The only poll that matters in our society is the election every 2 years.