Trump campaign fires multiple pollsters after unflattering numbers leak

Saul Bowman
June 18, 2019

The president is set to officially announce his re-election campaign on Tuesday at a campaign rally in Orlando, Florida, a state that helped propel him to victory in 2016, reports CBS News' Weijia Jiang.

The polling comes more than 500 days before the November 3, 2020 election, an eternity in the political world.

Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, and Pete Buttigieg are among the candidates that likely Democratic voters are at least considering in 18 states that will shape the initial 2020 fight, the poll shows.

Trump himself denied the data - "those polls don't exist", he told ABC - but his campaign later acknowledged the negative news while discounting it as "ancient" because it dated from March.

After the publication of these results, the top members of Trump presidential campaign claimed that the polls have been improved in favor of Trump since March.

Yet public polls, too, have shown that Trump as president remains mired around 40 percent approval and has never been above water since he took office. They included Polling Company, the former firm of close Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. The combined 62% compared with 37% who said they were enthusiastic or comfortable with a Trump vote.

The move came after the details about a March internal poll that indicated Biden was leading Trump in several key states were leaked to the press, a person familiar with the inner workings of the Trump campaign told NBC News. Trump reportedly trails Biden by double-digits in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and MI - four states where Trump edged Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by narrow margins.

The poll was conducted among 1,000 adults and 825 registered voters between June 8-11.

But the Fox poll found that Democratic voters, by roughly three-to-one, wanted a nominee who would provide "steady, reliable leadership" rather than a "bold new agenda". When revealed, the leaked internal polls infuriated Trump. In June 2015, Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton was 17 points above Trump. We're winning in Texas very big.

The data revealed Biden had a double-digit 55 percent to 39 percent lead in Pennsylvania, a 51-41 percent lead in Wisconsin and a 7 point lead in Florida.

These are some of the findings from the latest Fox News Poll.

She said she would support the 76-year-old Biden if he wins the nomination but added on ABC that "we have to really factor in the enthusiasm of voters".

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