President Donald Trump’s campaign is demanding that CNN retract and apologize for a recent poll that showed the president well behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The news network reported on Wednesday that the demand came in the form of a cease and desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker. The letter was immediately rejected by the network.
“We stand by our poll,” said Matt Dornic, a CNN spokesman.
The CNN poll, conducted by SSRS and released on Monday, shows the president trailing the former vice president by 14 points, 55%-41%, among registered voters.
The poll also found the President’s approval rating at 38% — his worst mark since January 2019.
Shortly after the poll was released, Trump took to Twitter to claim that he had hired Republican pollster McLaughlin & Associates to “analyze” the CNN poll and others, “which I felt were FAKE based on the incredible enthusiasm we are receiving.”
“McLaughlin ranks as one of the least accurate pollsters in the industry, as measured by FiveThirtyEight,” CNN reported.
“Several other polls released over the past few weeks — including polls by ABC News/Washington Post, Monmouth University, NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist College, NBC News/Wall Street Journal, Quinnipiac University and Fox News — also show Biden well ahead of Trump. These polls, averaged with the CNN poll, find Biden up by double digits, a result well outside any margin of error,” CNN notes.
In the letter to Zucker, the Trump campaign argued that the CNN poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.”
“It’s a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President,” read the letter, signed by the Trump campaign’s senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and chief operating officer Michael Glassner.
The campaign requested that CNN retract the poll and publish a “full, fair, and conspicuous retraction, apology, and clarification to correct its misleading conclusions.”
The letter, which heavily cites findings by McLaughlin, makes several incorrect and misleading claims, CNN reported.