What did the focus groups have to say about last night’s debate? According to Frank Luntz’s group, Hillary lost support as a result of the debate, while Trump’s doubled. Of course, the small sample is not scientific, but provides a flavor of voter response nonetheless.
Focus Group: Who are you willing to vote for?
• Hillary: 8• Trump: 9
• Hillary: 4• Trump: 18
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) October 10, 2016
On CNN, we heard whatever those at the Clinton News Network wanted their focus group of “undecided” voters to say. As the Daily Caller reported: CNN may have accidentally recorded itself coaching a member of its focus group about what to say following Sunday night’s presidential debate.
A video uploaded to YouTube shortly after Sunday’s debate shows CNN discussing the debate’s events with a focus group of undecided Ohio voters, only to have a live microphone reveal more than intended.
Who would’ve thought — the woman in the focus group repeats EXACTLY what we overheard her being coached to say.
As the clip begins, CNN is showing a moment from the debate in which Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton says, “that America already is great, but we are great because we are good.”
Then, as CNN cuts back to its focus group, CNN reporter Pamela Brown can apparently be heard speaking to a group participant in a hushed tone.
Then, aware she is back on the air, Brown asks the same participant what anti-Trump argument from Clinton impressed her most. The participant responds with a close approximation of what Brown had just said to her seconds before.
“She stated that America is already great, and I tend to agree with that,” the panel member says. “Though we are slow in progressing in a number of ways, we are progressing and we need to continue the momentum.”
Video of the alleged coaching quickly went viral, and even got a response from Trump.
Wow, @CNN got caught fixing their "focus group" in order to make Crooked Hillary look better. Really pathetic and totally dishonest!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2016
What else is CNN manipulating? Their poll on the second debate showed Hillary dominating Trump 57-34, a wider margin of victory for Hillary than you’ll find from any other poll. A YouGov poll showed a much closer debate, with Hillary winning 47-42. That’s a five point gap, as opposed to the 23 point gap CNN found. Are their polls just as manipulated as the “undecided” voters they’re showcasing?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]