Fox News: Unscientific Debate Polls Should Be Avoided

By Mark Joyella Comment

Since Monday night’s presidential debate, Donald Trump has made several references to polls naming him the clear winner in the face-off with Hillary Clinton.

“Such a great honor,” Trump said on Twitter. “Final debate polls are in–and the MOVEMENT wins!” The message came complete with a graphic showing a series of polls from Time, The Drudge Report, CNBC and a Fox television station in San Diego:

But as a Fox News executive reminded staff at the network Tuesday, those polls are not scientific. “Online ‘polls’ like the one on Drudge, Time, etc. where people can opt-in or self-select … are really just for fun,” said Fox News vice president of public opinion research Dana Blanton, in a memo obtained by Business Insider. “These quickie click items do not meet our editorial standards.”