The Download—Hillary and the Polls

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by Christine Niles  •  •  August 9, 2016   

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The past few days have seen controversy erupt over the alleged rigging of the polls by Reuters, a supposedly neutral media source, tweaking the numbers in favor of Hillary Clinton.

"This comes as close as I have ever seen to cooking the results," said political commentator Pat Caddell. "I suppose you can get away with it in polling because there are no laws. But, if this was accounting, they would put them in jail."

After Reuters showed Trump with a three-point lead over Clinton in late July, having gained 17 points over the previous two weeks, it changed its poll configuration to drop the "Neither" option. Reuters then went back and revised results from previous polls to reflect the change.

Trump now suddenly found himself trailing behind at 38.4 percent to Clinton's 40.9 percent. So the current July 25 Reuters poll shows a five-point flip from its original numbers.

"What they have done is unprecedented," Caddell remarked. "They have now gone back and changed their results."

Political bias is the concern. "This idea of 'We need a poll to give the result we want' to fit either our ideological or political needs is beyond dangerous," Caddell explained. "It is dangerous because it drives the news coverage and it is all by design now, which is why everyone is in such shock at what Reuters did."

Watch the panel discuss the chances of a Hillary win in "The Download—A Hillary Presidency."


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