Many have questioned the accuracy and reliability of political polls in recent years.
In 2016, we saw many polls that put then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comfortably ahead of rival Donald Trump.
Now we’re seeing that most polls show a significant lead for presumptive Democrat candidate Joe Biden.
However, should American citizens trust polls? And if so, which polls are most reliable?
That’s a difficult question to answer. But if you ask Fox News host Melissa Francis, she’ll flat-out tell you not to trust Fox polls.
During a discussion on “Outnumbered,” Francis made a surprising confession — and it’s bound to cast more doubt on future poll results.
Via Fox news:
Fox News host Melissa Francis said Thursday that she has misled pollsters and that she doesn’t trust any polling, including that of her own network.
Francis first admitted that she has ‘toyed’ with pollsters…
Francis added that she sometimes acts like a person ‘who voted for de Blasio but now is thinking about Trump,’ her answer depending on how she decides to mess with the pollster calling.
Francis added even more details on Twitter:
Any pollster who calls me – I do not tell the truth. It’s not their business. But I misled them left and right in equal measure. Polling is in fact garbage. I also do *always* disclose where I work and ask from whom they purchased my information. https://t.co/oww7Pm9R0I
— Melissa Francis (@MelissaAFrancis) July 16, 2020
The public responded quickly to the startling admission.
For example, Justin Baragona, founder of The Contemptor, wondered if Francis only made the confession “to hep push the narrative that all the polls are wrong.”
Francis responded in a Tweet:
I don’t trust any polling at all based on my personal experience.
The questions of how many people are polled, by which organization, and in which parts of the country, continue to complicate the situation.
Francis claims she’s been personally polled “more than 20 times in the past 5 years.” At the same time, when she asks other people if they’ve ever been polled, the answer is always “no.”
Furthermore, how many other people in Francis’ position have “toyed” with or “misled” pollsters? Can we really trust poll results if a lot of citizens are doing this?
On top of which, the way the questions are worded can reflect inherent bias as well.
So maybe there’s really no predicting an election based on polls … maybe there’s no knowing what will happen come November.
But if we go into the 2020 election with Biden holding a big lead in most polls, and Trump wins, then public trust in polls might drop to an all-time low.
- Fox News host Melissa Francis admitted that she has often “misled” and “toyed with” pollsters.
- She says she doesn’t trust “any polling” now, and that includes polls done by her own network.
- The question of poll accuracy and predictability will definitely come into play come November.
Source: Fox News