The results of the 2020 presidential election have liberals upset over their failure to humiliate Donald Trump, and many people are questioning the credibility of pollsters who got it all disastrously wrong a second time.
Pollster Frank Luntz, however, is giving Trump credit for predicting, correctly, that the election would be “much closer than anybody realized” — an understatement to say the least.
Trump vindicated — again
Democrats were predicting a lopsided rebuke of Trump and the putative toxin of “bigotry” he introduced into American life, and for the Republican Senate to go down with him in a “blue wave.” None of that happened.
Polls showing Biden with comfortable leads nationally and in key swing states had kept Democrats’ hopes up, setting the stage for fear and disappointment when Trump appeared to be on track for a reprise on election night of his historic 2016 upset. By morning, the race had become a bitterly contested fight over absentee ballots and Trump’s margins had dropped in many states, some of which were later claimed for Biden by news outlets.
By any account, the president nevertheless defied expectations handily. Trump won Florida by three points, but pollsters rated it a toss-up. In Wisconsin, which media outlets called for Biden, Trump was down by almost seven points, but is down by just 20,000 votes in the final count, according to The New York Times.
Ohio — yes, red Ohio — was also predicted to be close, but Trump won it by eight points, according to Fox News.
“Actually Donald Trump was correct, Donald Trump’s pollsters were correct that this was a much closer election than anybody realized,” Luntz told Fox on Wednesday, “and we are going through the ramifications of that right now.”
Mistake, or deliberate suppression?
Did the pollsters screw up, or were the polls fabricated?
Many conservatives have suggested the latter after Tuesday’s results, with some speculating there was an attempt to suppress the vote for Trump. If so, it failed dramatically.
Trump pollster John McLaughlin told the New York Post that the polls were clearly rigged, recalling that Trump phoned him to discuss a Wisconsin poll that showed him down by 17 points.
“That’s voter suppression. If you don’t think your candidate can win, why vote?” he said, according to the Post.
Even if Biden manages to squeak it out, no one can say that Donald Trump didn’t put up a fight.