The Pollsters Who Cried Wolf: Why in the World Would We Trust Pollsters Ever Again Ever? Like Ever?

The Pollsters Who Cried Wolf: Why in the World Would We Trust Pollsters Ever Again Ever? Like Ever? August 21, 2017



The Washington Post and ABC News released what they thought was a bombshell poll. After six months in office, President Donald Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in 70 years. Reportedly, 36% approve of the president’s job performance, while 58% disapprove. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush were at 59 percent after the same amount of time. What gives?

Well, the press wants you to know that people hate Trump. But you already knew that, didn’t you? They told you as much back in 2016, under such headlines as “Why Donald Trump Will Never Be President” and “Exactly How Big Will Hillary Clinton’s Landslide Be?” In fact, in October 2016, the ABC / Washington Post poll showed a 12-point national advantage for Clinton. Here we are again, six months into Trump’s first term, and they’re telling us that America – once again – hates the man.

Reporters use polls like alcoholics use whiskey: to give themselves confidence, to dull the pain of their current reality, and to try to lure everyone else under their spell. But guess what? That last one isn’t working anymore. The “power of the poll” died in November 2016, when (almost) every single pollster got it wrong.

The pollsters, for the most part, are aligned against the American people and with the left and the elitists in Washington DC.  This is the “real” story of collusion in American today.  The media actually create the biased polls — note that the ones running the polls are frequently media organizations as in the case of the Washington Post and ABC News — along with the ruling elite in DC.  The natural political inclination of the American population, without the leftist media bias, is pretty much Texas.  Enough said.

Nate Silver believes the media simple gets it wrong, because reporters are predominantly liberals and don’t understand the other point of view. “As of 2013, only 7 percent of [journalists] identified as Republicans,” he pointed out. But maybe Steve Bannon put it most bluntly after Trump’s win. “The media bubble is the ultimate symbol of what’s wrong with this country. It’s just a circle of people talking to themselves who have no f-cking idea what’s going on.”

I think they might fear “what’s going on” and are working tirelessly to lie to the American people in order to slide their own agenda through. Remember last year when former Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s emails were leaked? In one very revealing email, he spelled out how pollsters could oversample in order to “manufacture” the desired results. This will, he writes, “maximize what we get out of our media polling.” Nice. The email even includes a 37-page guide with tips on how to get polls to say what you want them to say. Helpful!

While the media and their accomplices hyperventilate over their own polling and the disastrous approval ratings of the President, the American people yawn. We’re familiar enough with the “Boy Who Cried Wolf” to realize the natural effect of intentional, prolonged dishonesty. We just don’t listen to them anymore. Sure, one of their predictions might come true occasionally, but so will some of the crazy predictions your uncle spat out at Thanksgiving.

Polls, like broken clocks, can be right under the precise circumstances. But they still deserve to be put in the cultural garbage bin and disregarded. Sorry, Washington Post and ABC News: you’ve squandered your political capital, and the only way you can earn it back is to start being unbiased and accurate.

We’re not holding our breath.

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  • There are a lot of ‘wolf criers’ out there Mark. Even people in our own government. They are phony. Only concerned with how much money they can make just like these news organizations. And unconcerned with their constituents and readership. It is a dog eat dog world for sure. But with a Convention of States we can know that we know that we know we are safe in Article V and the Founders Constitution. Sign the petition at

  • Bob Buckley

    It’s a sorry state of affairs to have so many people (including pollsters) who will wantonly mislead the public in order to promote their agenda. They know that if they were honest, the people of America would reject their beliefs. To alleviate this problem, we have to rein in the scope, power and authority of the Federal Govt. The progressives deirive their power from big govt. which rules over the people. The Framers knew there would come a time when even in America, totalitarians would try to take over the Country and that is why they provided the second part to Article 5 which allows a Convention of States for amending the Constitution. The Congress is required to call for a CoS when 2/3 (currently 34) States apply. Any amendments must then be ratified by 3/4 (currently 38) States. The Convention of States Project has been pushing States to apply to Congress. So far 12 States are signed on and 18 more will debate the application in 2017. Learn about the subject matter of the amendments at and sign the petition.

  • WetlinaWoman

    Polls are only interesting to me anymore as a means to see what distraction is going to be the next most important thing (to those who believe we’re all nuts and will listen to them).

    What a convention of states can do about this mess is to shine intense light on state commissioners who will meet to take back what little sovereignty they still can muster. As they do this, the ground work will be laid to at least approximate originalist intentions. We’ll be so busy talking and writing about it that we won’t have time for irrelevant polls and pollsters who now say a COS is never going to happen–or that it shouldn’t.

  • Glenn Tuttle

    Both sides are snowflakes here. Trump himself is #fakenews, not adapting his message, policy, or tactics to deal with the reality that people do rightfully hate him. He’s more disturbed than the left whom blow valid points out of proportion to further gridlock. I can’t blame them but also am wise enough to never trust Trump supporters anymore than liberal media.

  • When candidate Trump drew tens of thousands at every rally, and Hillary had to pay college students to fill a two hundred seat lecture hall, anyone could see the polls were utter Bravo Sierra.

    We the Sovereign People are the many; our oppressors are the few. Government is the playground of politicians, but the Constitution is ours. Be proactive. Restore the American Tradition. Join Convention of States.