A lot of sense November 14, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Because they, the media were appalled by Trump’s behaviour, they mistakenly assumed his grassroots would be also, when instead Trump’s people just saw the liberal media up to their usual lying tricks.
And so, they got the biggest story, arguably, in modern American politics completely wrong.
Had they got off their bums and went to the Ohio’s and Pennsylvania’s of America they would have discovered ample evidence of the alienation and anger that has propelled Donald Trump into the White House.
That point about the perception of the media can be seen elsewhere. In the IT one Trump supporter essentially said that media attacks on Trump were disgraceful. A lot of soul-searching is necessary to understand how that perception came about and how it can be engaged with. And he notes one small fact from the polls…
One standout exception [to massively incorrect polls] was the Los Angeles Times/USC polling which consistently had Trump leading Clinton in the days leading up to November 8th, much to the derision of commentators. On Monday, for instance, the day before the election, the LAT/USC poll had Trump ahead by five points; with one exception every other poll on the general election recorded by RealClearPolitics that day had Clinton winning.
It would be interesting to discover what it was that the LAT/USC did that the other pollsters did not.
It would indeed. But TBE’s point about a basic disconnect, indeed an unwillingness to engage with those on the ground is also reflected in the approach of the Democrats. Of course many of us don’t expect much from them in the first place, but it is stunning how little sense they seemed to have as to how a significant constituency of their support base was walking away. More on this during the week.