The Republican National Committee (RNC) polled Twitter users to gauge their opinions of Donald Trump, and it did not go well, Huffington Post is reporting.
On Saturday, the RNC posted a link to the poll on Trump’s website. The poll, which was clearly designed to skew the results Trump’s favor, offered users only four options: “Good,” “Great,” “Okay,” or “Other.” However, it appears that the poll designer made another mistake in creating the poll, allowing users to expand on why they chose “Other.”
That appears to have been a mistake on the RNC’s part. Once the responses started rolling in, they were hilarious in their brutality.
“Since there was no option on that biased poll: Terrible. He is the worst president we’ve ever had. He is the embodiment of bigotry, hate, hypocrisy, narcissism. He is a pathological liar and sadly has conned many people of this nation. Luckily his days are numbered.”
“God s**t awful”
“You don’t really want to hear from us. @realDonaldTrump stops listening when people disagree with him. He’s a snowflake and a failure.”
In fact, it seems like Trump’s fondness for poorly-designed “opinion polls” on social media has been a thing for some time. Back in August 2017, The Washington Post reported that Trump had retweeted a tweet from @ProgressPolls. an anonymous Twitter account that produces, well, polls.
Who is a better President of the United States? #ObamaDay
— ProgressPolls (@ProgressPolls) August 4, 2017
Clearly, the poll was a source of great pride to Donald Trump, but in true Trump form, he either ignored or failed to notice some rather important details.
The problem with public opinion polls that anyone can vote on – polls hosted on Facebook, Twitter, various websites, and so on – is that they are not scientific. Rather, they’re informal surveys based on the reactions of whoever sees them.
For a poll to be truly scientific (and indeed, in the statistics industry there is considerable wiggle room in the most rigorous of polls), the respondents must not self-select. That’s why pollsters call random people on the telephone: because the results aren’t polluted by people who made the effort themselves to respond.
Three days after Election Day 2016, a Trump presidential transition staff member emailed an official at the federal General Services Administration to float the prospect of using public money to pay for a Trump Tower lease. https://t.co/14xVIfn6lX
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) February 11, 2018
As Washington Post writer Abby Ohlheiser explained, those online polls are useful for entertainment and for political trolling.
In case you were wondering: accurate, real, and scientific polling, with questions that are not designed to benefit Donald Trump, show his approval rating at 40.8 percent, and a disapproval rating of 53.6 percent, according to polling website Five Thirty Eight. That figure represents the most recent polling (as of February 9) and aggregates data from Rasmussen, Ipsos, Marist College, SurveyMonkey and YouGov polls.