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Trump Support Underrated in Surveys, says Ex-Clinton Pollster

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By    |   Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 03:03 PM

A top Democrat pollster warned Thursday that surveys showing President Donald Trump with low approval ratings make the same mistakes as those last year that predicted a massive victory for Hillary Clinton.

"The polls that failed to detect the full strength of President Trump on Election Day continue to underestimate the president's support for the job he is doing, paying way too much attention to the Twitter wars and ignoring the public support for many of the actions he is undertaking," wrote Mark Penn, a pollster for former President Bill Clinton and chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

"Polls show the president's approval rating all over the lot. An Associated Press poll put it at 32 percent and suggests that only 24 percent see the country as going in the right direction. This strains credulity given what happened in the special elections against the Democrats," he added, referring to recent congressional contests won by Republicans.

Penn criticized the polls for basing their surveys on "adults," who could include foreigners living legally or illegally in the United States. He added that polls of "registered voters" or "likely voters" are more accurate.

"A lot of the non-voters dislike politics and all politicians, and these polls also include them along with undocumented immigrants who are not screened out," he wrote.

The latest Gallup daily poll shows Trump with an approval rate of more than 35 percent and a disapproval rate of nearly 60. The poll surveyed 1,500 adults.

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A top Democrat pollster warned Thursday that surveys showing President Donald Trump with low approval ratings make the same mistakes as those last year that predicted a massive victory for Hillary Clinton.
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