The New York Times is running with an article claiming that “1 in 5 Trump supporters” oppose the document that freed the slaves, the Emancipation Proclamation.
The article is backed by two polls that were conducted by questionable groups with unscientific tactics.
One poll conducted by a group known for shady questions and methods was labeled as a South Carolina exit poll, despite the survey being conducted over the phone and Internet.
The second poll, by YouGov, was paid for by the anti-Trump publication, the Economist.
The question about the Emancipation Proclamation, as published by the Times and now trending on Facebook, was a confusing two-part question that never even used the term, “Emancipation Proclamation.”
The 49th questions asked in the Internet poll was “Do you approve or disapprove of the executive order which . . . freed all slaves in the states that we in rebellion against the federal government.”
Fifty-three percent of respondents “approved strongly” and no cross tabs were provided for a breakdown of Trump supporters versus others.
Yet, the top trending topic on Facebook, which is seen by tens of millions of Americans, reads, “Emancipation Proclamation: 20 percent of Trump Supporters Do Not Support Executive Order, Poll Says.”
Chalk this up to the latest smear tactic that’s coming from establishment conservatives, bolstered by establishment liberal publications like the New York Times.