Now that Gallup’s latest poll shows 52% of the country (after a nonstop torrent of media coverage talking about impeachment for Trump’s phone call to Ukraine, while ignoring his request for an investigation of CrowdStrike and assuring the public that the Bidens’ activities – in the absence of any investigation – were perfectly ok) wants President Trump impeached and removed.
But here’s a just-completed poll that you probably have not seen yet.
Friday, October 18, 2019
Just over half of voters still believe in the likelihood of an illegal high-level effort to stop the Trump presidency, but not nearly as many expect anyone to be punished for it. Voters are evenly divided over which of the major 2016 presidential campaigns is more likely to have had illegal foreign help.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s likely senior law enforcement officials broke the law in an effort to prevent Donald Trump from winning the presidency. That includes 34% who say it’s Very Likely. Thirty-six percent (36%) consider high-level illegality as unlikely, with 22% who say it’s Not At All Likely. Thirteen percent (13%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
It is now the day after this poll was released. I will ask you to give it a couple more days, see how often you find it cited by mainstream media, and then compare it to coverage of the Gallup impeachment poll.
What does the Rasmussen poll prove? Nothing – any more than the Gallup poll does, when asking the public to make legal decisions based on a Trump-negative media blitz.
But, if you find that the Rasmussen poll gets only a tiny fraction of the coverage afforded the Gallup poll – which I would bet body parts is what will happen – it does do is show how disparate the coverage of such polls (along with everything else) is, based on which side of the political aisle is being discussed.
In the immortal words of Gomer Pyle, “Sur-prahz, sur-prahz”.