Here’s one of the stranger stories to come out of the Democratic primary in recent memory. Following the spectacular implosion of Senator Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign and sudden withdrawal from the race, analysts were left to pick up the pieces and try to guess how it all went so wrong. But the Free Beacon picked up on one possible clue yesterday, suggesting that perhaps Harris never quite figured out how this whole political thing works.
Harris was obviously looking to gin up support for impeaching President Trump and removing him from office. So when a new Fox News poll was released showing some plurality support for impeachment, she hopped onto Twitter to point out that even Fox viewers want the President gone. Let’s see if we can discover the flaw in her analysis.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) failed to realize that news organizations do not just survey their own viewers when she used Fox News poll results to exaggerate popular support for impeachment.
The failed presidential candidate said a Fox News poll, which found that about half of voters support impeachment, demonstrated that “even viewers of Trump’s favorite network are turning on him.”
Like most major news outlets, Fox News teams up with dedicated polling firms that survey a nationally representative sample of random Americans by telephone. The poll cited by Harris sampled 1,000 registered voters and slightly over-sampled Democratic-leaning voters, 46 percent to 41 percent.