A CNN/ORC poll released shortly after last night’s debate found that Hillary Clinton scored a clear victory over her rival Donald Trump. One problem – the survey sample included 41% Democrats compared to just 26% Republicans.
Asked, “Who do you think did the best job in the debate – Hillary Clinton or DonaldTrump?”, 62% of respondents said Hillary while 27% said Trump.
This immediately gave the impression that Hillary trounced Trump in the debate, and set the standard for the media narrative that it was a bad night for the Republican candidate.
However, 33% of the people surveyed in the poll identified as Independents, 41% identified as Democrats, while just 26% identified as Republicans.
This represents a disparity of 15% between Democrats and Republicans – meaning the poll was heavily weighted in favor of Democrats before the question about who won the debatewas even asked.
The text confirming that the poll had a huge disparity in favor of Democrats was not included in CNN’s website article about the poll, but can be found in a PDF file on CNN’s image server.
The CNN poll is contradicted by numerous other polls which show that Trump won thedebate.
These polls have been disparaged by Hillary supporters, who claim they are unscientific and were gamed by pro-Trump trolls.
However, a Time poll that showed Trump ahead by 59% to 41% swung heavily in Clinton’s favor after she suddenly received a surge of nearly 300,000 votes – suggesting that both sides were involved in gaming the results.
For those claiming only Trump supporters gamed the online polls, Hillary got a sudden 300,000 vote swing in the Time poll. pic.twitter.com/27cfuTCb2o
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 27, 2016