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Gallup Poll chief: 'Disturbing' that Trump omits relevant poll info in tweets
Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup Poll, said on Monday he found it "disturbing" that President Trump does not cite pertinent polling information in his tweets about public opinion surveys.
"I've been on the executive council of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), our largest public opinion professional society, I was president of it a few years ago, and one of our core values in polling is transparency," Newport told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking."
"We even have a transparency initiative. In other words, if you report a poll result, the norm that we think should be in place is that you report the facts about it, who sponsored it, what was the question wording, what was the sample, what was the dates of interviewing and so forth," he added.
"It is disturbing to us at AAPOR, and myself, when the president tweets polls and you can't figure out what it's referring to," Newport said. "When reporters follow up at the White House, typically they don't get any response as to what he was referring to."
Trump has referenced polls in tweets without citing methodology or who paid for the survey.
He also misstated his approval numbers in a tweet last month, saying he was at 52 percent instead of 44 percent.
- Julia Manchester