A newly released poll by Quinnipiac University shows that President Donald Trump is in deep trouble as he mounts his 2020 re-election bid. According to the survey, Trump is trailing six Democratic contenders by between five and 13 points among 1,214 registered voters polled nationwide. The poll also found him in a weak position across 17 states. Trump didn’t take well.
Trump reacted by lashing out at the new polling results and slamming the media for reporting the poll, calling it “fake news” and claiming that the press is “more corrupt and dishonest than ever.”
“The Fake News has never been more dishonest than it is today. Thank goodness we can fight back on Social Media,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “Their new weapon of choice is Fake Polling, sometimes referred to as Suppression Polls (they suppress the numbers). Had it in 2016, but this is worse…”
And he went on.
“The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign which, by the way and despite the phony and never ending Witch Hunt, are the best numbers WE have ever had,” Trump wrote. “They reported Fake numbers that they made up & don’t even exist. WE WILL WIN AGAIN!”
The tweet array followed a devastating poll released on Tuesday by Quinnipiac University, which showed Trump trailing six Democratic contenders by between five and 13 points among 1,214 registered voters polled nationwide.
The results echoed other national and swing state polls spelling difficulty for Trump as he builds his case for a second term before the American public.
Pollsters warn that it is far too early to draw any sweeping conclusions from the findings at this stage. Although the surveys are designed to reflect the temperature of the electorate in this moment, the mood can quickly change. Most Americans are not yet tuned into the 2020 election, and they are only just getting to know some of the candidates in the Democratic field.
Pollsters were also rattled by the 2016 election, when surveys consistently favored Hillary Clinton in key battleground states. Despite Clinton’s lead over Trump in most pre-election polls, voters previously regarded as undecided turned out in droves and swung for Trump in the final days. Their turnout was higher than projected and some had not told pollsters they supported the controversial candidate.
Trump and Joe Biden are engaged in an escalating war of words, offering a preview of a hypothetical general election contest if Biden wins the nomination next year.
Trump has publicly questioned Biden’s mental fitness and reportedly instructed his aides to deny that his campaign’s internal polling showed him trailing Biden in many must-win states.
Trump nonetheless insisted he was not concerned, telling reporters on Tuesday: “I think he’s the weakest mentally … The others have much more energy.
“I’d rather run against, I think, Biden than anybody.”
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