RNC chairwoman on recent polls favoring Biden: 'I don't rely on polling this far out'
August 22, 2020
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDanielRonna Romney McDanielGOP moves main 2020 convention events, including Trump speech, to Jacksonville GOP votes to scale back Charlotte convention, move Trump acceptance speech The Hill’s Morning Report – DC preps for massive Saturday protest; Murkowski breaks with Trump MORE said Sunday that recent polls showing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE leading President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE in key states are not reliable this early in the election cycle.
“I don’t really rely on polling this far out. As you know, Martha, the polling is going to fluctuate, and we all know the polling today is not going to be what we see on Nov. 3,” McDaniel said in response to a question from ABC’s “This Week” host Martha Raddatz.
Raddatz had asked McDaniel about a reported call during which she and the president received “worrisome polling data based on his handling of the coronavirus and the economic crisis.”
NEW: “I don’t really rely on polling this far out,” RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel tells @MarthaRaddatz when asked about recent polls and whether she’s worried that the coronavirus pandemic is threatening President Trump’s reelection message. https://t.co/0S3PJSE3zI pic.twitter.com/LRT3YwnEKd
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) May 3, 2020
The RNC chairwoman noted that polls conducted before the coronavirus pandemic showed voters approved of Trump’s management of the economy, which she said will be needed during the current economic downturn.
ADVERTISEMENT“What we have seen consistently, though, is voters approve of the president’s handling of the economy heading into this pandemic, and they recognize that he’s going to be the leader to restore the economy coming out of this.” she said.
She added that the polling before the 2016 election was “historically inaccurate.”
Three polls released in the last two weeks showed Biden leading Trump in the key states of Pennsylvania by six points, Florida by eight points and Michigan by eight points.
The president reportedly lashed out at his campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE when he was given polling data showing him behind Biden, CNN and The New York Times reported Wednesday.