Three’s an old adage that polling results vary depending on how you ask the question. The results also vary depending on who is asked in the first place.
A new CBS poll claims 85% of Americans liked Joe Biden’s speech to Congress, but the polling firm CBS used totally skewed the results by having very few Republicans participate in the survey. It’s no wonder Americans supposedly enjoyed what the abortion advocate had to say when an overwhelming majority of people polled were not conservatives.
Only 169 Republicans were surveyed out of the nearly 1,000 people in total. That means about three times as many non-Republicans were asked to participate in the poll as Republicans.
Had the poll had a more representative sample of Democrats and Republicans it likely would have found Americans were split on what they heard from Biden last night depending on their party.
In a stunningly duplicitous story aimed at shoring up the response to Biden’s speech, CBS claimed on television and on their website: “Most viewers who tuned in to watch President Biden’s speech liked what they heard and came away feeling optimistic about America.”
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What they didn’t tell their viewers, nor readers, is that the poll was wildly biased towards self-identifying “Democrats” and traditionally left-leaning “Independents” and self-described “Moderates”.
They polled 510 Democrats, and just 169 Republicans. They added 235 “Independents” to the methodology, which also usually skew left. A further 3 percent were not identified.
The full poll details reveal that CBS actually spoke with 10,420 U.S. adults and then whittled the sample size down to just 943.
Of this 943:
- 54% were Democrats (510 people)
- 25% were Independents (235 people)
- 18% were Republicans (169 people)
While the full cross-tabs have not been published, it is a safe assumption that these Democrat + Independent numbers add up to 79 percent of those polled, and this represents 93 percent of the 85 percent approval rate.
There’s a reason most conservative Americans think the liberal media is fake news and this biased poll gives them more evidence to support their position.