Results of a Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Wednesday initially appeared to signify a victory for the Trump administration in the court of public opinion, and they were quickly met with celebration by White House officials.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer was the first to tout the poll results on Twitter, and presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway soon followed.
The problem, as further examination quickly revealed, is that Politico‘s portrayal of the poll’s findings in its headline—”Poll: Majority of voters back Trump travel ban”—is terribly misleading. Judd Legum of ThinkProgress argued that the poll’s presentation is so misleading that it should be classified as “fake news.”
“Politico did not even ask a polling question about the latest version of Trump’s travel ban, which is expressed in a March 7 executive order,” Legum noted. “Rather, the poll asked about ‘new guidelines which say visa applicants from six predominately Muslim countries must prove a close family relationship with a U.S. resident in order to enter the country. These guidelines are not Trump’s policy, but a requirement imposed through a per curium order of the Supreme Court.”
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