Last week we pointed out that Reuters "tweaked" its polling data by including 11% more democrats in its sample than republicans. Of course, we thoroughly proved that while their may be slightly more registered democrats than republicans it is no where near an 11-point spread. Needless to say, however, Reuters achieved in their "goal-seeking" mission to show a 6-point national "lead" for Hillary.
Now, just 1 week later, CNN is apparently also convinced that democrats hold an 11-point registration advantage versus republicans. Last night after the VP debate, CNN released a Poll that, like Reuters, included 11% more democrats than republicans. Unfortunately for CNN, even the bogus 11-point spread wasn't enough to tilt the results toward interrupting Kaine.
Here are a couple of the key takeaways from the CNN VP Debate Poll:
The CNN polling sample included 41% democrats versus only 30% republicans.
Yet, despite efforts to skew the results, 48% of respondents still thought Pence won the debate.
Meanwhile, despite the skewed sample pool, Pence came off as much more "likeable" while Kaine was simply viewed as Hillary's attack dog.
Finally, CNN's poll found that independent voters were 31% more likely to vote for Trump after the VP debate versus only 15% who said they would be more likely to vote for Hillary.
And just to confirm, here is how The Pew Research Center says that the distribution of party affiliation has trended over time. At least since 1992, democrats have never enjoyed an 11 point registration gap that Reuters and CNN decided to include in their polls.
Finally, we also checked the polling data of the latest McClatchy-Marist Poll to make sure we weren't missing something. And sure enough, their sample includes just a 5 point advantage for democrats...slightly larger than the 4 point gap measured by Pew but no where near the 11 point Reuters/CNN gap.
Better luck with the poll rigging next time around, CNN.