As reported by Politico
The manager of Donald Trump’s reelection campaign declared modern polling “the biggest joke in politics” — perpetuating an effort by the president and his allies to downplay the significance of recent surveys showing him lagging behind several Democratic 2020 rivals.
“The country is too complex now just to call a couple hundred people and ask them what they think. There are so many ways and different people that are going to show up to vote now,” Brad Parscale, Trump’s campaign chief, told CBS News in an interview taped Tuesday.
“The way turnout now works and the abilities that we have to turn out voters, the polling can’t understand that, and that’s why it was so wrong in 2016. It was 100 percent wrong. Nobody got it right. Not one public poll,” Parscale said.
“And the reason why is it’s not 1962 anymore. It’s not a place where there’s only a few ways and decisions and every[one] lines up to vote like a good old American. Now there’s a lot of distractions from going to vote. The world’s changed.”
Parscale’s remarks came hours before Trump’s rally Tuesday evening in Orlando, Fla., where he formally announced his bid for a second term in the White House. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday, also ahead of the president’s formal launch event, showed Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders among registered voters in the nation’s largest swing state.
“None of these polls mean anything,” Parscale said. “It’s the biggest joke in politics. It’s the fakest thing. It’s the fakest thing.”