Outrageous, but not everyone is surprised…
According to Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, one candidate is losing ground, in key demographics, while the other is soaring. There is only one small problem with their reporting: the poll that they are referencing says something totally different!
MSNBC’s graphic shows Donald Trump at “-2” among Millenials. Take a look:
It is a nice graphic, but is it accurate?
It is hard to believe, but NBCNews reported the same Quinnipiac poll, with drastically different numbers:
New polls released this week suggests Hillary Clinton has a growing problem with millennial voters and that’s a major concern for the Democratic presidential nominee.
Both national polls and surveys in swing states show Clinton has seen a slide with voters younger than 35, particularly when Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein are factored in.
- A national Quinnipiac poll showed Clinton capturing 31% of the vote among voters 18-to-34 years of age and a slim 5-point lead over Trump. In August Clinton had 48% of that vote and a 24-point lead over Trump.
- A Fox News poll of the national electorate showed Clinton winning 37% of the youth vote and leading Donald Trump by 9 points. In August, the poll showed her support at 39% and leading Trump by 8 points.
- In Ohio, a CBS/YouGov poll showed Clinton doing better with voters under 30, winning 51% of them and holding 32-point lead on Trump. But that number was down from August when Clinton won 57% of that vote and a held a 38-point lead.
- A Detroit Free Press poll in Michigan showed a big dip among voters under 35. In the new poll she has 31% of that vote and a 7-point lead over Trump. In August she had 44% of that vote and a 24-point lead.
The lower numbers are a big problem for Clinton because Democrats need a lot of votes from the younger part of the electorate to offset losses they normally get with older voters. Consider 2012 when Millennials gave President Barack Obama his biggest numbers by far. He captured 60% of the under-30 vote in the national electorate, compared to just 37% that went for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
Joe and Mika also downplayed Trump’s improvements by implying that Hillary’s slips are due to third-party candidates.
Fair, accurate reporting? Apparently not!
Progressive Roundtable tells the story like this:
Hillary Clinton has a millennial problem. According to one recent poll – Clinton would have the support of just 31 percent of Americans ages 18-29 in a four-way matchup between herself, Donald Trump, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. In such a scenario – Trump, Johnson, and Stein would each have the support of 26, 29, and 15 percent of millennials, respectively. This is a huge deal. Young Americans played a big role in electing and reelecting President Obama – and without their support – Clinton could very well lose to Donald Trump. Her campaign knows this – which is why today she gave a speech at Temple University in Philadelphia that was aimed explicitly at millennial voters with a lot of talk about things like debt-free education.
So who do we believe? It appears that the usual suspects, in this case, MSNBC, have some explaining to do.