Newsweek Stumps For Biden With Misleading Poll Headline

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by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 - 01:10 PM

Emerson Polling just came out with their October National Poll, which concludes that Joe Biden has a five-point lead over President Trump.

One of the questions asked was "Who do you think is more of a patriot, Joe Biden or Donald Trump?" The results revealed that 51.9% of respondents picked Biden vs. 48.1% for Trump, a difference of 3.8%.

Newsweek - the beleaguered outlet that was raided by the IRS in 2018 in a fraud probe for which a former owner pleaded guilty, and subsequently fired dozens of editors, has taken to stumping for Joe Biden with a very misleading headline about the aforementioned poll (the latest in our 'misleading poll' coverage this election cycle).

Except, said 'majority' was actually a slim advantage of just 3.8% (which they admit within the article is a 'slight edge') - while the poll had a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. But wait, there's more.

Emerson oversampled Democrats - as the mix of party affiliations consisted of 30% independents, 37% Democrats and 33% Republicans - or 4% more Democrats than Republicans. Between the margin of error and the oversample we deem Newsweek's 'more of a patriot' headline egregiously misleading.

Also notable is that while 43.8% of those polled voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, while 41.8% voted for Trump, 41.7% expect President Trump to win, vs. 40.9% who expect Biden to win.W

Is anyone surprised?