Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., appeared on West Virginia’s 800 WVHU radio’s “The Tom Roten Morning Show” Wednesday and blasted the reporting of recent polls.
Paul asserted that polls showing Hillary Clinton leading are “designed to suppress turnout.”
“You know, I think sometimes polling is done to dampen election turnout so when Trump says the thing’s rigged, I’m not sure exactly what he means and I’m not sure I always agree with him. But I do think that when we say over and over someone can’t win, that‘s a form of rigging in the sense that it is designed to suppress turnout,” he said.
CNN reported that there is no evidence to support Trump’s claims of a rigged election. This has become a common theme for Trump on the campaign trail in recent weeks as he emphasizes both election fraud as well as mainstream media bias. Paul cited evidence that he believes supports his argument. The 2015 Kentucky governor’s race had the Democrat leading by 8 points going into Election Day.
Liberal media outlets were touting the election as all but over. But the Republican candidate won by double digits.
“The polls are put out, you know to make it either look closer than it is or to make it look like Democrats have a better chance, and I think it’s done by design to try to dampen turnout,” Paul said.
Another example of that type of media bias in reporting polling data is this week’s UPI poll. The poll itself argues that Trump has a clear electoral college lead, yet their own news reporting predicted a “landslide” for Clinton.
Statistics can definitely be skewed and the nature and wording of questions posed during polls can definitely have a direct impact on how participants respond. The failure of many in the media to accurately report poll numbers as well as pollsters themselves creating biased questions is of significant concern. Voters have the right to have all of the information and reporters used to feel obligated to report the news in an unbiased manner. How times have changed.