(UnitedVoice.com) – Once again, if the media and their polls were to be believed, the election on Tuesday, November 3, was supposed to be a blowout for Democrats. In the final weeks leading up to the election, the pollsters and media either committed purposeful malpractice or didn’t know what they were doing. Regardless, they attempted to frame the election as a country on edge, which no longer believed in or trusted Donald Trump and Republicans.
They were sorely disappointed. As the numbers rolled in through election night and up until 8:30 am on Wednesday, not much changed for Trump from 2016. Yet, in some states, he was losing badly according to the polls leading up to election day.
As race after the race showed President Trump’s promise on election night, MSNBC anti-Trump anchor Nicolle Wallace expressed sadness over Biden losing Florida so big.
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace:
"You can feel the hopes and the dreams of our viewers falling down, and liquor cabinets opening, all across this great land."pic.twitter.com/zVViAhfRT1
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 4, 2020
Let’s get to the heart of it. Why is polling so bad? Because it’s a tool the liberal media and pundits use to try and manipulate Americans into believing one thing when something else is actually happening. Trump may not win this election. However, if he does, it won’t be by the margins predicted.
There are several instances of the polls misleading Americans. Just last week, on October 28, a Washington Post-ABC News poll said that Biden surged to an incredible 17 point lead in Wisconsin. They were predicting Trump to lose 57% to 40% among registered voters. On Five-Thirty Eight, polls suggested a Biden victory ranging from 8 points to 13 points in the state. As of 8:30 am on Wednesday, the race is razor tight. Biden is slightly ahead 49.4% to 49.1%, with thousands of ballots to be counted. Anything could happen.
While the polls blew it in Wisconsin, it wasn’t alone. In Michigan, Biden led anywhere from 13 points to 7 points in polls over the last week leading up to the election. Trump is narrowly ahead and maintaining his lead. That could be due in part to the surprising showing of Republican Senate candidate John James. An African American war veteran, James is leading incumbent Gary Peters by a slim margin. As of 5 am on Wednesday, James was leading by approximately 6%. Again, it’s razor-thin, and Trump could still lose the state, but the polling projections were clearly off.
House of Representatives and Senate
Democrats were expected to maintain control of the House. Many analysts predicted they would even pick up seats. Election forecasters thought Democrats would add 5 to 20 seats. Instead, Republicans added 6 seats. This was a resounding defeat for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who hoped to add to her majority to enact a far-left legislative agenda. If the Senate remains under Republican control as expected, the progressive agenda could be thwarted.
In South Carolina, Democratic Senate hopeful Jaime Harrison raised an unprecedented amount of money to defeat incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham. A Morning Consult poll on October 22 showed Harrison leading Graham by two points. With 98.89% of precincts reporting on Wednesday morning, Graham was ahead of Harrison 55.8% to 42.9%. On Tuesday night, Harrison conceded to Graham. It wasn’t even close.
These are just a few examples of where the polls got it wrong. Before the election, many polls falsely reassured voters of one candidate. When polls are wrong, they also have the potential effect of depressing voters and possibly even turn out of the other candidate.
This leads to a bigger question, was depressing the turnout the reason why liberal media-led pollsters put out such high misinformation? In so many instances, the polls didn’t even come close.
It makes one wonder.
Don Purdum, Independent Political Analyst
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