President Donald Trump’s favorite poll shows that he narrowly lost the presidency just one day before the 2020 election.
According to the latest Rasmussen polls, conducted on October 22, 25 and 26, Biden has a narrow one-point lead over the president.
Of the 1,500 likely voters surveyed, 48 percent voted for Biden, while 47 percent supported Trump. The Democratic candidate’s narrow lead is within the 2.5-point margin of error of the polls.
The president had previously praised Rasmussen for his precision and impartiality. In a tweet in mid-September, Trump described the polling company as “one of the most accurate in 2016”.
Trump has also praised his approval ratings in Rasmussen polls in the past, which he has often shared via social media.
In 2019, the president tweeted an approval rating from Rasmussen that gave him a 50 percent higher rating than most other polls at the time.
Trump has on several occasions compared his approval rates of Rasmussen with those of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
Trump has also praised the company for presenting the truth about his support among the American people as he believes it is true, while other polls, which reported that he was unfavorably rated by most Americans, peddled “fake news.
“In the Rasmussen poll, he has just reached 50%, much more than President Obama at the same time,” he tweeted in April 2018, “With all the false stories and fake news, it’s hard to believe! Thank you America, we do great things”.
In the Rasmussen poll he just reached 50%, much more than President Obama at the same time. With all the made up stories and fake news it is hard to believe! Thank you, America, we are doing great things.
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
In August 2018, the president once again considered the polling company a counterweight to “fake news”.
“The Rasmussen poll just came out with a 48% approval rate, despite the constant and intense fake news”. The president twittered. “Higher than on election day and higher than President Obama. Rasmussen was one of the most accurate polls on election day!”
Rasmussen_Poll came straight out with an agreement rate of 48%, despite the constant and intensive Fake News. Higher than on election day and higher than President Obama. Rasmussen was one of the most accurate polls on election day!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2018
The evaluations of the accuracy of the Rasmussen surveys were different. Although the poll predicted Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election quite accurately, CNN reported that Rasmussen was among the most inaccurate polls regarding the outcome of the 2018 midterm elections.
Both the Biden and Trump campaigns did not respond to Washington Newsday’s request for comment in time for publication.