Trump Fired Three Pollsters But Kept The One Who Keeps Saying He’s Winning

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Sarah Shaiman

The pollster that the Trump team kept has a history of bad data, like predicting Trump would win New York in 2016.

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign recently fired three pollsters but chose to keep one with a history of compiling inaccurate data, according to a Vice report.

  • Trump’s team chose to keep John McLaughlin on board whose track record is “spotty at best,” according to a Republican strategist.
  • Strategists have become wary of his work after a number of candidates ended up in much worse positions on election day than McLaughlin’s polling suggested.
  • McLaughlin is known to tell clients what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear, ultimately hurting them in the long run.
  • Vice also noted that Trump “prizes loyalty over quality, and he and McLaughlin go back decades.”

“The president likes people who are loyal to him. That’s true in every facet of the campaign and the White House,” said Doug Heye, a Trump critic who was a senior adviser to then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) during his 2014 primary loss.

  • Trump’s team reportedly fired Brett Lloyd, Mike Baselice and Adam Geller. They were fired after leaked data showed the president trailing Joe Biden by wide margins.
  • McLaughlin previously provided data that suggested Trump would beat Hillary Clinton in New York state. He lost the state by a 22 point margin in 2016.

Some Trump skeptics have suggested the Trump team is keeping him because he provides data that favors Trump in November.

“Would you actually expect Trump to hire a good pollster?” one Republican who’s worked with McLaughlin texted VICE News when asked about the recent shakeup. “Hahaha.”

Read the full report here.

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