The news media’s Democrat-favoring election polls did not begin with the Donald Trump era, an examination by The Washington Times shows.
The 2014 and 2018 off-year elections were also mistake-filled, as surveyors undercounted the Republican vote in key contested races.
Republicans say it matters because anti-GOP polls can suppress votes, hurt fundraising and lead to news media reporting that the Republican candidate has little chance.
Mr. Trump won the presidency in 2016 by carrying three “blue wall” states — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — in the face of scores of polls that said he had little or no chance. It was an awakening for conservatives’ long suspicions of liberal news outlets and whether they try to suppress the Republican vote.
The trend appears to have started in 2014, when various firms predicted a number of Democrats would win who did not.