How to bury a poll: a textbook example
Emerson did a poll near the end of April that showed Bernie supporters were very unhappy with the Biden nomination. So unhappy that they were willing to vote for a third party candidate.
You'd think this might be news, but every major news outlet thought otherwise.
CNN didn't care about the story. Nor did MSNBC, ABC, CBS, New York Times, Washington Post.
Hell, even the right wing didn't care, because I could find no Fox News story about it. Nor could I find it in the New York Post or Wall Street Journal.
Only in the Washington Examiner and the Nation magazine did I find even second-hand references to it.
It's indeed possible that those news outlets reported the poll, but if that's the case then Google is suppressing the story. (a duckduckgo search didn't find much) Only one alternative outlet insidesources reported it properly.
And the Suffolk poll found another potential problem for Biden: His soft support among black voters.
While he’s dominated among African-American voters in the primaries, when asked about November, only two-thirds said they would support Biden. That’s far lower than the 90 percent support Democratic presidential candidates usually garner from the black community. One in four black voters now say they are undecided or would vote for a third-party candidate, according to Suffolk.
And the third-party threat is real, according to Emerson. They found 35 percent who said, regardless of how they plan to vote in November, they would consider voting for an independent or third party candidate. That includes a majority (51 percent) of Bernie Sanders’ primary voters.
Emerson itself buried the headline. You had to go seven paragraphs down to find the information.
This has a very 2016 feel to it.