By Fran Coombs, Rasmussen Reports | The media created a false narrative about the 2016 presidential campaign, and most polling reinforced it.
Controversy was the name of the media game, most of it focused on Republican Donald Trump, and many media outlets, most prominently the New York Times, and many pollsters were saying little over a month ago that Democrat Hillary Clinton had already won. But the three daily tracking polls – the Los Angeles Times, IBD/TIPP and Rasmussen Reports – consistently showed a much tighter race.
In a survey released just yesterday, most voters told us that the election would be decided on the controversies that surrounded the presidential candidates, not the issues.
Who created those controversies? Voters said the media, not the candidates, set the agenda in the presidential campaign and that the media was more interested in controversy than in the issues.