President Trump reacts in anger to the recent CNN poll.  

Today, President Donald Trump demanded that CNN apologize for their recent poll that showed Democratic Nominee Joe Biden in the lead through a cease and desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker.  The news company rejected the letter. 

The June 8th  CNN Poll conducted by SSRS asked surveyors, “if Joe Biden were the Democratic Party’s candidate and Donald Trump were the Republican Party’s candidate, for whom would you be more likely to vote?” The former Vice President had 53% support while the President only received 43% support. 

Trump’s demand for an apology came as Republican Pollster McLaughlin & Associates, a pollster with a grade of C/D from FiveThirtyEight, analyzed the CNN poll and called it skewed because 25% of respondents were Republicans. CNN defended this by noting that this 25% was consistent with other major polls, including Quinnipiac University

McLaughlin & Associates further criticized the poll in the letter sent to Zucker by noting that the poll took votes between June 2nd and June 5th, before a report that showed unemployment numbers were down. However, the CNN poll did reveal Trump in the lead when they asked respondents who they think would handle the economy better, even before the reported increase in job numbers.

The CNN Poll did not stand alone in showing Biden in the lead. According to several other recently released polls such as NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, and Fox News, Biden is ahead of Trump. In response to the cease and desist letter, CNN spokesperson Matt Dornic stated, “we stand by our poll.”

Below you can read the official response from CNN General Counsel to Trump’s campaign letter demanding an apology from CNN for a poll that shows Biden leading.