For the past year and half, the liberal media loves to parade their polls showing how most Americans favor liberal politicians and politics in general. All through 2016, including the day before the November 8 election, the media reported on polls that favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. If you listened to those polls and the liberal media, which sadly, many misguided and biasly educated millennials did, a Clinton victory was a foregone conclusion. Only a few polls showed that Donald Trump had a fleeting chance of defeating Clinton, but very few of the mainstream media outlets reported those polls.
To begin with, the results of a poll depends largely on who and where one polls. If polls are taken primarily in larger metropolitan areas, then the results would be skewed towards liberal Democrats. If the poll was taken among large populations of black American or Hispanics, the results were usually skewed towards liberal Democrats. If the poll is taken primarily among a certain age group, the results will reflect their views and not necessarily the views of others. On the reverse side if you take a poll in primarily rural areas, chances are the results will be skewed towards Republicans.
It also matters in what state you take a poll. If you took a poll in New York, Massachusetts, Hawaii or California, there is a great chance the results will favor liberal Democrats. If you take the same poll in Idaho, Nebraska or South Dakota, chances are the results will favor Republicans.
The other problem with polls is that their results can be biased based on how they are worded and how they are interpreted. A question in a poll can be worded in such a way as to generate a response favorable to the pollster.
As for interpretation, I recall in my advanced statistics class in college, our instructor taught us that statistics can easily be manipulated to say whatever a person wants them to say. He gave us an assignment to conduct our own polls and he gave us two basic questions that we had to re-write in our own words. When the class compared their results, they were all over the place. It was discovered that the results often depended on how the questions were worded. Then he showed us how to easily manipulate some of the results to support different views.
Rasmussen Reports tries to get survey results from as many different areas and demographic groups (age, political affiliation and even religion). Then they try to present the results of their polls, regardless of what direction they lean. I’ve seen them report on surveys that favored Obama and other Democrats over the years as well as Trump and other Republicans.
Saying all that, Rasmussen asked likely voters the following four questions:
1* Do you trust most political polls?
2* Is the current polling on political issues and events better or worse than it has been in the past? Or is it about the same?
3* Is the average pollster more liberal than you are, more conservative, or about the same as you ideologically?
4* When they poll on President Trump, are most pollsters trying to help the president pass his agenda, block the president from passing his agenda, or are they simply interested in reporting the attitudes of Americans in an unbiased manner?
Here are the results as reported by Rasmussen:
“Just 26% of Likely U.S. Voters say they trust most political polls. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 55% do not trust most political polls. Nineteen percent (19%) are undecided.”
“Thirty-seven percent (37%) rate the current polling on political issues and events as worse than it has been in the past. Only 11% say polling is better now. Forty-six percent (46%) think it’s about the same.”
“Just one-out-of-three voters (35%) believe most pollsters are interested in reporting the attitudes of Americans in an unbiased manner when they poll on Trump. Forty-three percent (43%) think most pollsters are trying to block the president from passing his agenda. Just 12% say most are trying to help the president pass that agenda instead.”
“Not surprisingly, given how wrong most pollsters were about the outcome of the presidential election, 64% of Republicans think most pollsters are trying to block Trump’s agenda, a view shared by 42% of unaffiliated voters but only 24% of Democrats…”
“Most Republicans (66%) and unaffiliated voters (56%) do not trust most political polls. Democrats agree but by a much narrower 44% to 36% margin. GOP voters are far more likely than the others to consider the average pollster more liberal than they are…”
“Seventy-three percent (73%) of voters who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing say they don’t trust most political polls. Voters who Strongly Disapprove of the job the president is doing are evenly divided on this question.”
The bottom line is if you are a Democrat, you tend to believe the polls are accurate and doing a good job, but if you are a Republican, you tend not to trust most polls and feel that they are trying to hinder President Trump from accomplishing his agenda.