Trump's March internal polling showed him far behind Biden in battleground states: ABC

President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE’s first internal campaign poll showed him trailing far behind Democratic front-runner and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGabbard moves to New Hampshire ahead of primary Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Trump's legal team huddles with Senate Republicans MORE in key battleground states, his campaign confirmed to ABC News in a report published Friday.

The data revealed Biden had a double-digit 55 percent to 39 percent lead in Pennsylvania, a 51-41 percent lead in Wisconsin and a 7 point lead in Florida. Trump was shown to be ahead by only 2 points in Texas, which has a strong Republican base.

The poll was conducted between March 15 and March 28, ABC News reported.

In May, Trump’s campaign denied initial reports of the data’s existence. 2020 campaign manager Brad ParscaleBradley (Brad) James ParscaleMORE tweeted May 21 that the “#FakeNewsMedia … continue to lie with polling to fit their narrative.”

Parscale now says in a statement to ABC News that the numbers were, in fact, real — but they were “ancient,” adding that the campaign has since “seen huge swings” in Trump’s favor that show the president is ahead in “all the states we have tested.”


“These leaked numbers are ancient, in campaign terms, from months-old polling that began in March before two major events had occurred: the release of the summary of the Mueller report exonerating the President, and the beginning of the Democrat candidates defining themselves with their far-left policy message,” the statement read.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's report on Russia's election meddling did not directly accuse Trump of any crime, but it did not exonerate him, either.

Parscale added: “Since then, we have seen huge swings in the President’s favor across the 17 states we have polled, based on the policies now espoused by the Democrats. For example, the plan to provide free health care to illegal immigrants results in an 18-point swing toward President Trump.”

In an interview with ABC anchor George StephanopoulosGeorge Robert StephanopoulosBiden reverses, says marijuana isn't a gateway drug Democrats look to next steps in impeachment Klobuchar says subpoenaing the whistleblower 'would be a serious, serious mistake' MORE on Tuesday, Trump said his internal polling showed that he is “winning everywhere” and that the polls showing Biden ahead of him “don’t exist.”

A day after the interview, Trump weighed in on Twitter, accusing the media of reporting “phony” information and calling his numbers “the best numbers WE have ever had.”