Accuracy in Media

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll shows that 88 percent of those who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 would do so again, but you wouldn’t know it by the way the media is reporting it.

Here’s the headline from Reuters reporting on its own poll;

“Do-over: 1 in 8 people who voted for Trump want to change their vote-Reuters/Ipsos poll”

Although the headline isn’t patently false, it is deceptive since seven of eight Trump voters said they would vote for him again.

From the Reuters story (emphasis mine):

About one in eight people who voted for President Donald Trump said they would not do so again after witnessing Trump’s tumultuous first six months in office, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2016 voters.

While most of the people who voted for Trump on Nov. 8 said they would back him again, the erosion of support within his winning coalition of older, disaffected, mostly white voters poses a potential challenge for the president. Trump, who won the White House with the slimmest of margins, needs every last supporter behind him to push his agenda through a divided Congress and potentially win a second term in 2020.

The poll surveyed voters who had told Reuters/Ipsos on Election Day how they had cast their ballots. While other surveys have measured varying levels of disillusionment among Trump supporters, the Reuters/Ipsos poll shows how many would go as far as changing the way they voted. The survey was carried out first in May and then again in July.

In the July survey, 12 percent of respondents said they would not vote for Trump “if the 2016 presidential election were held today” – 7 percent said they “don’t know” what they would do, and the remaining 5 percent would either support one of the other 2016 presidential candidates or not vote.

Eighty-eight percent said they would vote for Trump again, a slight improvement over the May figure of 82 percent. Taken together, the polls suggest that Trump’s standing with his base has improved slightly over the past few months despite his Republican Party’s repeated failures to overhaul the healthcare system and multiple congressional and federal investigations into his campaign’s ties to Russia.

To be sure, most presidents lose support among core supporters the longer they are in the White House. According to the Gallup polling service, former President Barack Obama saw his popularity dip among Democrats and minority voters, though it did not come until later in his first term. But Obama, who won the Electoral College with greater margins than Trump, was not as reliant on retaining his core supporters.

The minority of Trump voters who said they would not vote for him again gave varying reasons in interviews for why they had changed their minds.

Reuters admits that most people who back him again and that a minority would not, yet it ran a headline that played up the minority opinion in an attempt to create the impression that Trump voters were losing faith in the president when in fact they were significantly more supportive than they were two months ago.

Not only that, they ran the following chart which flies in the face of what they were trying to convey.

Reuters deserves a F for trying to foist this positive Trump poll on the public as a negative when in fact it showed the president’s strength increasing among us supporters.

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  • Maggietish

    It’s surprising that the lying fake news doest get it that the American people have had more than enough of their lies and corruption. It must be that they’re so arrogant and narcissistic and so anti-American that they refuse to accept thigh that President Trump has more support now than he did the day he was elected. Donald Trump is the President of the United States and nothing and no one is going to change that. It’s interesting with all the polls that the lying fake news media makes up or comes up with but they are by any stretch of the imagination even close to being correct. Many people who did not support President Trump, and didn’t vote for him, are now supporting President Trump. He’s done more for this country and the American people in the last six months than any President has done since President Reagan. The only people that the lying fake news media is destroying arethemselves and they are going to end up rotting in their own hatemongering. That’s the truth and reality.

  • Richard Schmidt

    This is the same news media that confidently polled Hillary as the inevitable POTUS less than a,year ago.
    Meanwhile Trump delivers big in just 6 moms despite huge “resistance” from sore losers.

  • efred1

    Where’s the surprise that the fake news networks would make up more fake news against Trump?

    As the old saying goes, with a new addendum, “There’s lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then there’s Polls.

  • oat21

    Not surprised at anything the liberal socialist media, people and democrats do. They lie and make up stories about everything which is why they loose elections and will loose in 2018. They’re nothing but low life liars.

  • TED

    Trump’s “base” represents only a very small minority of Americans … only a segment of the Republican Party (maybe half) bolstered by some disaffected Independents and Democrats in certain limited locales in the country. Thus far, Trump and his administration have turned out to be a travesty … and, apparently, MASTERS of “lies and corruption”!

  • mioahu

    Hahaha, look who’s talking, LYING TED again…well, it appears that his base was enough to elect him 🙂 , certainly better than the lying leftist base to which you belong ! Thus far, Trump and his administration are a NIGHTMARE for leftists like you, and they are dismantling your wet Hussein leftist dream. He did more for the conservative cause than any of the past presidents, and he’s turning the leftist tide, making america american again, and not some stupid socialist european country devoid of any identity…shall we just say supreme court, pushing for choice in education, dismantling the EPA regulations, getting the leftist rats out of the activist justice department, enforcing immigration ban on unstable countries, border crossings down 70 %, taking on opioids and international gangs, toughness on lawless sanctuary cities, pulling out of the leftist global redistribution scheme named Paris accord, having spine in Siria and overall in the world after the apologist Hussein, would you like me to continue or I already ruined your day ?

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