Accuracy in Media

On NBC’s Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd revealed that American voters in early primary states were not overly concerned with impeachment news and stories, which was a stark contrast to the news cycle in Washington, D.C., and other major media markets.

Todd shared video clips of voters in Minnesota, New Hampshire, and South Carolina who agreed to go on-camera and express their views about the impeachment news. All three of the voters agreed that impeachment does not concern them too much, which Todd admitted was significant news.

One voter called the impeachment inquiry “a waste of time,” while the second interviewed voter said that he trusted in the United States’ “system of checks and balances.” The third voter told NBC News that “there was absolutely nothing concerning to me” in the Ukraine phone call transcript between the Ukrainian president and President Donald Trump.

Although polling has in favor and against the impeachment of Trump, these on-camera clips demonstrated the issue that Democratic Party strategists and lawmakers face: will impeachment drive away important independent and moderate voters?

This segment highlighted the dangers of trusting too much in polling, which is meant to give a perspective on how the public perceived an issue or event. Polling is not meant to give a hardline stance that is immovable but attempts to represent a wide swath of citizens to verify or confirm their top concerns and thoughts about a specific issue or event.

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