Key states will likely be counting the votes for days following the still-undecided 2020 presidential race between GOP incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic contender Joe Biden. One thing that is already clear, however, is that the pollsters got the election all wrong in the run-up to the race.
Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson just told network host Bret Bier he could “name some of the people that should be much fired immediately” because of how wrong they called the race. “I just need to calm enough to get their names on paper,” he added.
To his point, Florida polling had Biden up by 2.5% in the 538 average going into Election Day, but the former Vice President ended up losing the state to Trump who actually pulled 3.5% advantage in the final tally. This was the third time in a row that Florida broke for the candidate projected to lose, including Trump’s first victory in 2016 and the Senate and gubernatorial races in 2018.
Carlson lamented how those “in the media are particularly good at pretending that there is some reason that we misled our view viewers or our readers. We really should stop doing that because too much is at stake.”
Instead, Carlson suggested “holding the people who screwed up accountable, and that’s just by firing them.” He suggested they “go do something useful like hang drywall or learn to paint” but that that they can’t keep “discrediting the work” of everyone else in the media by repeatedly getting it wrong. “I think that is a fair ask,” Carlson said.
Daily Wire personality Matt Walsh tweeted about the absurdity of trusting a profession that gets it so wrong. “I want to become a pollster if that job still exists after this,” Walsh tweeted Wednesday. “Easiest job in the world. You never have to be right. You can just make up whatever data you want.” Fellow Daily Wire personality and Editor Emeritus Ben Shapiro similarly quipped, “Pollsters need to learn to code.”
I want to become a pollster if that job still exists after this. Easiest job in the world. You never have to be right. You can just make up whatever data you want.
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) November 4, 2020
Pollsters need to learn to code.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 4, 2020
Perhaps this latest blunder decisively demonstrates how polling before an election isn’t about tracking the real results, but instead creating the result they want by demoralizing Republican voters. There aren’t many other plausible explanations, except they really are just that bad at their jobs. Either way, it’s time for Americans to ignore anything they and their media compatriots ever have to say before the first ballot is cast.