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