“If it’s bad, I say it’s fake. If it’s good, I say, that’s the most accurate poll perhaps ever.”
—-Former President Donald Trump, riffing on polls at CPAC
Apparently this completely candid and honest statement is driving the Trump-Deranged nuts. How can they not concede that he’s not only telling the truth about himself, but also explaining how virtually all advocates, all politicians, all pundits and all journalists—and all bloggers—use and abuse polls? How can they not give him credit for deconstructing polling itself, which has become one of the more destructive tools of public manipulation?
If anyone has the standing to do this, it’s Trump, whose election prospects were outrageously misrepresented by pollsters before both the 2016 and 2020 election, and whose “approval ratings” were weaponized during his entire Presidency to undercut him.
Pollsters depend on confirmation bias for the product’s imagined utility, in addition to tainted choices of participant pools and questions worded to reach the results their clients are paying for. Sometimes polls are “right” and sometimes they are “wrong,” but since there is no way to tell which poll is right or wrong, Trump’s description is spot on, not merely descriptive of his reaction to them, but everyone’s.
It is historic irony: a figure who has been stereotyped by his foes, including the news media, as a compulsive liar, holds on to his admirers because they regard his exaggerations, careless misstatements, and counter-factual pronouncements as trivial compared to his willingness to say out loud what other politicians and elected officials will not.