For the third time in a row, CNN sampled more Democrats than Republicans to produce a post-debate poll that handed Hillary Clinton victory.
The official CNN-ORC poll is cited by talking heads as the definitive post-debate poll despite its results being contradicted by the vast majority of other polls.
Following last night’s final debate, CNN reported that its poll found Hillary won the debate by 52%-39%. This follows the results of their poll after the first debate, which found that Hillary won 62%-27% and the second debate, which found that Hillary won 57%-34%.
In its own article, CNN failed to report how many Democrats were sampled compared to Republicans for the final debate poll, but the Independent reports, “Democrats accounted for 36 per cent of the 547 registered voters surveyed , while only 29 per cent of respondents were Republicans.”
This means that CNN has sampled more Democrats than Republicans three times in a row – so it’s unsurprising that Hillary won all three debates by wide margins.
For the first debate, CNN sampled 41% Democrats compared to just 26% Republicans, while for the second debate, CNN sampled 36% compared to 27% Republicans. Out of those respondents, 58% already supported Clinton before the debate.
Despite CNN reporting that Hillary won comfortably, Trump himself claimed victory and cited a number of different polls to prove it.