It’s easy to understand why so many people no longer believe polls. 2016 gave them plenty of reasons not to. But if this new poll is accurate, can it even be trusted? Doesn’t it cancel itself out?
The Hill reports:
Survey: A majority of Americans don’t believe polls are accurate
Polling has increasingly become a fixture of American political journalism but according to a new survey, most of the public doubts that polls are accurate.
According to a new The Hill-HarrisX poll released Thursday, a majority of registered voters (52 percent) are doubtful about surveys they hear about in the news media. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said they don’t believe most polls but do trust a few while 19 percent said they “almost never” believe that polls are accurate.
While the majority were mistrustful of polls, 15 percent of respondents said they “almost always” believed in polls they heard about in the press. Thirty-three percent said they believed most polls but not all of them.
Male respondents in the Hill-HarrisX poll tended to be more trusting of polls and more skeptical of them than women.
Twenty-three percent of men said they “almost never” believe surveys while only 16 percent of women said the same. Among men, 15 percent said they “almost always” believe polls are accurate. Just 9 percent of women agreed.
Younger people were the most trusting with a majority, 55 percent, of voters between the ages of 18 and 34 saying they believe most or almost all polls. Elderly voters were the most skeptical; only 41 percent of voters who were 65 and older said they believed most or all surveys.
Can you even imagine what the polls are going to look like in 2020. Expect them to be slanted heavily against Trump!