On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported its new ABC News-Washington Post poll on mass shootings on the front page. They asked: “Do you think that mass shootings in this country are more a reflection of problems identifying and treating people with mental health problems, or inadequate gun control laws?" By more than two to one (57 to 28 percent), people picked the mental health issues. Actually, that poll finding was nowhere to be found in the Post story...and ABC's Jonathan Karl briefly mentioned it on Tuesday morning.
Over the past few days, CNN and MSNBC have again been peddling a discredited poll finding that about 90 percent of Americans -- this time from Quinnipiac with a tally of 97 percent -- supporting the adoption of laws to require background checks for all gun purchases. But, as previously documented by NewsBusters, other polling has found that support from respondents plummets if the questioner reminds or informs them that the overwhelming majority of gun purchases already undergo a background check since it is already required for licensed dealers.
All three broadcast networks ignored a new Politico/Morning Consult poll, which showed President Trump’s approval rating is at its highest its been in the past ten months. The poll also showed Republicans ahead of Democrats on the congressional ballot, in anticipation of the 2018 midterm elections.
On Monday, the panel of MSNBC’s Deadline: White House giddily dished about whether they might have finally stumbled upon a narrative that could cause President Trump to lose the support of his otherwise consistent base.
In an amazing example of just how out of touch they were with the American people Tuesday, CNN prefaced the release of their very positive State of the Union reaction poll by claiming it wasn’t representative of the nation. “It's not representative of the country overall it is a poll of people who watched the speech. Well, who watches a State of the Union address? Fans of the person giving it,” declared Political Director David Chalian.
Well, that didn’t take long. Minutes before President Trump’s first State of the Union address on Tuesday, the major broadcast networks pulled out the long knives to attack the “embattled” and “deeply unpopular” President leading a GOP that’s “paying the political price in recent special elections” for a presidency whom people believe is working “against them.”
Over the weekend, CNN hosts have continued to fret over President Donald Trump taking a jab at global warming in a tweet about the record cold temperatures in the Eastern U.S. On Sunday's State of the Union, CNN anchor Dana Bash wondered if it was "appropriate" for President Trump to make such a joke about an issue that "scientists believe is harming the country and the world" as she spoke with former White House advisor Anthony Scaramucci. And on Saturday's CNN Newsroom, host Ana Cabrera brought up the tweet with right-leaning CNN commentator Scott Jennings and alluded to polling suggesting young Americans are alienated from Republicans because of the global warming issue.
In the lead-up to Congress passing the Republican tax cut plan, various CNN shows on Tuesday played up a CNN poll finding that 55 percent of Americans oppose the proposal. Such public opposition is hardly shocking given that dominant left-leaning media outlets like CNN have pushed negative spin against the tax cut proposal -- a fact noted by Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy just this morning on CNN's New Day show.
On Tuesday's New Day on CNN, as Senator John Kennedy appeared as a guest to discuss the Republican tax cut plan, the Louisiana Republican implicated the "negative" media coverage of the proposal after host Chris Cuomo brought up a CNN poll finding that most Americans oppose the plan.
On Friday’s Morning Joe, the show’s liberal pundits doubled down on their claim that everybody around Trump thinks he has signs of serious mental deterioration. Host Joe Scarborough did not reveal his source for yesterday’s assertion that Trump has “dementia,” but he and the other panelists used this claim to advocate for current military servicemen and presidential cabinet members to “stand up to Trump” and not follow orders from the President. USA Today senior politics reporter Heidi Przybyla also took the opportunity to misrepresent a poll from the Military Times, claiming that it supported the idea that most military officers think Trump is mentally not “fit” to be commander-in-chief. The poll that she appeared to be referencing asked no such thing of the troops that it surveyed.
On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America touted a new ABC News/Washington Post poll claiming that a majority of Americans oppose the Republican tax plan that was announced on Thursday. The only problem was that the survey was conducted October 29 through November 1, meaning that any questions about tax reform were asked before the GOP actually released the legislative proposal.
A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released Thursday afternoon asked respondents to convict President Trump of an unknown “crime” in relation to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. The leading question found “49 percent think it is likely Trump himself committed a crime in connection with possible Russian attempts to influence the election,” though most admitted that “this view is based on suspicion rather than hard evidence.”