Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America via Wikimedia Commons

While most polls show the presidential race strongly favoring Joe Biden, President Trump’s supporters are finding solace in the fact that polling showed Hillary Clinton in a similar position four years ago.

Now, Trafalgar Group, the polling firm that correctly predicted then-candidate Trump’s win in Pennsylvania — and more impressively in Michigan — is forecasting that President Trump wins the Electoral College with somewhere in the neighborhood of 275 EVs. 

While the rest of the political class predicted decisive victories for Secretary Clinton throughout the Rust Belt, minus Ohio, on Election Day 2016, Trafalgar was the only outlet that accurately put Trump ahead in Michigan. (Hot Air)

Their secret is that they try to adjust for “social desirability bias,” the reluctance of some people to tell pollsters the truth about their preferences for fear of being judged disapprovingly. Robert Cahaly, Trafalgar’s lead pollster, is of the belief that that effect is especially prevalent among Trump voters. If in fact there are a ton of “shy Trumpers” still out there who are lying to pollsters — which many experts doubt — then the polls this year are way off.

Except Trafalgar’s, perhaps. If in fact Trump performs much better on Election Day than the competition expects, and especially if he does well enough to win another term, Cahaly will instantly be the most renowned pollster in America. The rest of the polling industry will never recover its reputation. That’s what’s on the line on November 3, in addition to control of the White House and Senate.

It’s hard to overstate just how far off the beaten path his numbers are relative to everyone else’s, including pollsters that tend to be friendlier to Biden. Trafalgar isn’t just expecting “shy Trump voters” to be a factor. They’re expecting them to be a massive factor:

But don’t get too cocky. Look back again at the numbers above and notice how tight the margins are. A polling miss of two or three points would be perfectly ordinary for any pollster, yet Cahaly’s prediction depends upon him missing nowhere. If Biden fares just two points better in Michigan than Trafalgar expects, he’ll be president. If he’s three points better in Florida and North Carolina, he’ll be president comfortably. And as impressive as Cahaly’s 2016 polling was, he *did* overshoot the mark on Trump in Michigan, predicting a two-point victory in a state the president won by just three-tenths of a point. If Trafalgar’s current Michigan numbers are off by the same margin, Biden would win the White House by the skin of his teeth.

Also noteworthy, the Republican Party is ahead of pace with mail-in and early in-person voting in three crucial swing states, despite expectations early voting should favor the Biden campaign.

As of Wednesday in Michigan, voters had returned 1,317,818 ballots. The returns showed that 40% came from registered Democrats and 40% from registered Republicans. In Wisconsin, 40% of returned ballots came from Democrats, 38% from Republicans. Most encouragingly, registered Republicans in Ohio are outpacing Democrats — 45% to 43% — despite the Biden campaign’s late push there.

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Leftshot
Leftshot
6 days ago

My concern is the fraud factor. Democrats have set up the potential for massive fraud through mail in ballots.

Susan Lindauer
Susan Lindauer
5 days ago
Reply to  Leftshot

Joy! Those are exciting numbers out of Wisconsin. Early in person voting starts 14 days before the election. So the 40% Dem vs 38% GOP only applies to mail in ballots. Considering most GOP voters insist on in person voting, Trump votes should start outperforming Democrats over the next week.

Steve Armstrong
Steve Armstrong
4 days ago
Reply to  Susan Lindauer

The Libtards are too lazy to vote in person, so they mail in. Also, they would never go out in bad weather to vote like the Reps do.
We are losing those advantages unfortunately.

USNvet
USNvet
6 days ago

Each and every mail in ballot must be vetted for potential fraud. A voter that submitted a fraud ballot must be prosecuted and fined $50k.

Kevin
Kevin
6 days ago

The “mainstream” polling claims prove one thing: “Mainstream” news is no longer news, but Propaganda.
And we all know what Propaganda is…. Be careful you don’t step in it!

Susan Lindauer
Susan Lindauer
5 days ago
Reply to  Kevin

Propaganda! YES! Tabloid trash & propaganda!