In my daily reading, I ran across this article at Newsweek which was making the case for impeaching President Trump and that it would not cause any negative effects on Democrats. Among the many different areas discussed in the article, was the suggestion that Republicans support Medicare for all. I think it’s worth a deeper look into the numbers in this article and at the claim that Republicans support Medicare for all.
The first assumption that is made is that the majority of American’s support opening an impeachment inquiry into President Trump. I’ve written about the support to impeach Trump, and why public opinion matters. The article cites a poll by Reuters claiming that the majority of American’s support impeachment. If you read the numbers of the poll, it states that 45% supported impeachment, which is not the majority that the article claims. Apparently, writer Karine Jean-Pierre felt the need to embellish the numbers to help prove a point.
The article continues and states that nearly 150 cities held impeachment rallies last weekend. Conveniently left out is that the rallies were nothing short of disappointing. The Daily Wire had a great article about this after the rallies showing pictures from the events. It doesn’t look like there was a lot of excitement around those MoveOn.org events that were organized. The writer continues in true leftist fashion referring to how people of color support impeachment more than whites, and that Democrats should take note since they need those minorities to vote in the upcoming elections.
Near the end of the article, Jean-Pierre states that Medicare for All is a bold plan, that Republicans actually like. To prove the point, a recent article from The Hill is used citing an American Barometer poll from 2018 about the issue. The poll cited that 52% of Republicans polled supported the Medicare for All proposal. It sounds like an impressive level of support from Republicans, until you dig a little deeper into the poll.
In the poll, only 1,000 people were surveyed of which 32% identified as Republican. That’s 320 people that identified Republican and only 294 of total respondents identified as conservative at any level. So overall, the poll was heavily weighted toward individuals that were more likely to support Medicare For All, as opposed to a true snapshot of the electorate. The cited margin of error was 3.1%, which also places the “majority support” well within the margin of error.
The misinformation shared should come as no surprise since Karine Jean-Pierre is the Chief Public Affairs Officer of MoveOn. MoveOn has supported candidates such as Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Bernie Sanders in 2016. The group openly supports Socialism, anti-Semitic views and has been an outspoken partner to Media Matters. Any suggestion that Jean-Pierre is writing this article for anything other than pushing the socialist agenda is asinine.
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