As Trump spoke to the press outside the White House on Sunday, he interrupted a journalist who had begun a question by citing “several recent polls,” which the reporter said showed “more Americans want you to be impeached and removed from office than the number of Americans who don’t.”
“You’re reading the wrong polls,” Trump repeatedly interrupted. “I have the real polls.”
“The CNN polls are fake,” he declared. “The Fox polls have always been lousy. I tell ’em they oughta get themselves a new pollster. But the real polls, if you look at the polls that came out this morning, people don’t want anything to do with impeachment. It’s a phony scam. It’s a hoax.”
It’s unclear what “real polls” the president was referring to. Other polls released on Sunday included an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that found 53% of respondents disapproved of Trump’s job performance, and several general election polls that found Trump trailing 2020 presidential opponents Joe Biden, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in hypothetical matchups.
The Fox News poll, released Sunday, found that 49% of voters wanted Trump impeached and removed from office, while 41% opposed impeaching him. Notably, they also found that among those opposed to impeachment, 57% said that nothing could change their minds.
Last month, Trump launched a Twitter attack on a Fox News poll that showed 51% of registered voters favored impeachment, saying, “whoever their pollster is, they suck,” and claiming he had “NEVER had a good Fox News poll,” despite regularly tweeting about favorable polls from the network.
Despite the network’s overall coziness with Trump, Fox News polls have long been considered reputable and nonpartisan by political polling experts. Its pollster achieved an “A” rating from statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight for methodology and historical accuracy.