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Poll finds that media quashing negative Biden stories may have tipped election

President Donald Trump likely will not succeed in getting courts to reverse the election results in a handful of key swing states, meaning Joe Biden will become president on Jan. 20.

But a new poll by the Media Research Center indicates Trump might not be in this position if not for the relentless mainstream media campaign to suppress news that could have adversely affected the Democratic challenger.

The conservative watchdog group, which enlisted The Polling Company to conduct the online survey, queried 1,750 Biden voters across seven swing states. They included Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Trump won North Carolina and lost three others – Arizona, Georgia and Wisconsin – by less than one percentage point. The remaining three were decided by slightly larger margins.

Nonetheless, the bottom line, according to the poll: “In 6 of the 7 states surveyed, enough voters would not have voted for Joe Biden and those states would have gone to President Trump, giving Trump 311 electoral votes and re-electing him.”

On average in those six states, 16 percent of those Biden voters would have abandoned the Democratic candidate, leading to easy wins for Trump. 

That said, the poll results are astounding.

The pollster asked respondents about nine issues that were either negative for Biden or positive for Trump. 

MRC admits that more than 75 percent of those questioned would have still voted for Biden, even if they had known about the information at issue. 

Still, 17 percent of Biden voters overall admitted they would not have voted for him had they been aware of the content in those particular stories.

The MRC also reported that 82 percent of those polled did not know about at least one of those stories, while 5 percent were unaware of all of them.

Meanwhile, the plurality of those voters, 26 percent, said they did not vote until Election Day, meaning that perhaps they could have been persuaded to rethink their support for the former vice president until the closing moments of the race. 

As for the stories at issue, according to the poll, the Biden supporters in those states were most knowledgeable about Europe’s efforts to control COVID-19 through economically devastating shutdown policies. Only 18 percent professed to not know that.

Also, a large number of them understood that Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, was the most liberal member of the Senate, more so than even Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-proclaimed socialist. Just 25 percent had not heard that.

But they exhibited broad ignorance of issues at the core of the campaign.

For instance, 45 percent did not know about the FBI looking into Hunter Biden’s shady financial dealings with China’s communist leaders, and how the Biden family profited from that. And 35 percent were unaware of Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden.

Yet these voters were just as ignorant, if not more so, of Trump’s successes.

For example, 49 percent of Biden voters were clueless that the U.S. economy grew by a record 33 percent in the third quarter in recovering from the pandemic lockdowns. Related to that, 39 percent did not know that the economy had generated 11.1 million new jobs from May through September.

Additionally, 51 percent of these Biden backers did not know America became a net exporter of oil for the first time in 2019. Forty-five percent had no idea that Trump had been nominated for three Nobel Peace Prizes for helping broker peace deals between Israel and Arab countries. And 36 percent confessed to not knowing about the Trump administration’s $10 billion effort to fast-track a coronavirus vaccine with Operation Warp Speed. 

As Rich Noyes, MRC’s research director, put it, “Just by choosing to abandon Biden, these voters would have handed all six of these states, and a second term, to the President — if the news media had properly informed them about the two candidates.” (emphasis original)

“The most basic principle of our electoral system is that our leaders are chosen by the people themselves,” he continued. “But if the people are given systematically one-sided information, with crucial facts omitted, then the real power to choose has been stolen from them.”

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