By Emmanuel Nduka
Result from a new Washington Post-ABC poll showing President Joe Biden trailing his predecessor Donald Trump by 10 percentage points, has been criticized by the leading political pollster Larry Sabato.
Sabato who is the Director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, called the decision to release the poll result “ridiculous”, noting that the pollsters themselves cautioned that their survey was an anomaly.
“Ignore the Washington Post–ABC poll. “How could you even publish a poll so absurd on its face? Will be a lingering embarrassment for you.” He added: “Just plain embarrassing – for them ,” Sabato wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
New York Times’ chief political analyst, Nate Cohn, also criticized the poll that said Trump was ahead of Biden in the 2024 White House race.
While referring to a Post-ABC poll in May that found Trump was up seven percentage points on Biden, which was similarly inconsistent with most polling, Cohn wrote on X: “It’s really really hard to release outlying poll results, so you’ve got to give credit to ABC/Post here, but I do have a fairly major quibble with ABC/Post here: if you release consecutive ‘outlying’ poll results … you don’t get to dismiss your results.
“If it happens twice in a row in the same race, it’s clear that this is the result of some element of your approach, and you either need to decide you’re good with it and defend it or you need to go home.”
Meanwhile, Washington Post acknowledged its survey was not in line with most polling, which generally finds that the Democratic incumbent Biden and the former Republican president Trump would be in a close, competitive race if they faced each other in the 2024 election.
“The … poll shows Biden trailing Trump by 10 percentage points at this early stage in the election cycle, although the sizable margin of Trump’s lead in this survey is significantly at odds with other public polls that show the general election contest a virtual dead heat.
“The difference between this poll and others, as well as the unusual makeup of Trump’s and Biden’s coalitions in this survey, suggests it is probably an outlier,” the Post wrote in its analysis: