President Donald Trump is scrambling to gain public approval in the face of crises of health, economy, and society in the United States, but polls are indicating that he's only pushing the American people further away.
Or at least, pushing them away in public.
A poll from the Democracy Institute in America—which predicted both Brexit passing by referendum and Trump's 2016 victory—found that the 2020 race is much more competitive than current predictions are showing. The pollster reached the results through 1500 landline and cell phone calls with likely voters, 38 percent of whom were Republicans, 38 percent Democrats, and 24 percent Independents. It should be noted this isn't the typical ideological makeup for most polls.
They found the race in a dead heat, with Trump at 48 percent support and Biden at 47 percent.
So why are the results from the Democracy Institute so different than what other polls are saying?
The President's very first press secretary—Sean Spicer—pointed to one reason.
Spicer noted that only 37 percent of Trump supporters surveyed said they'd want their friends and family to know who they were voting for, while 74 percent of Biden supporters were fine with their loved ones knowing.
Spicer hypothesized that polls were showing Trump losing simply because people are ashamed to say that they intend to vote for Donald Trump. Ironically, Spicer used a poll as evidence for this.
People had a range of thoughts on the results.
@seanspicer @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden Crucial takeaway: if you are ashamed of who you're voting for, you probably… https://t.co/hHKqUuSN0b— 🌊🏳️🌈 Klax BLM Antifascist 🍑🌱 (@🌊🏳️🌈 Klax BLM Antifascist 🍑🌱)1592269559.0
@seanspicer @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden Hey @seanspicer, doesn’t that 37% number tell you something about shame?— David Sperling (@David Sperling)1592269202.0
@seanspicer @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden Congratulations, people are embarrassed to publicly embrace your candidate, truly a great sign— Matt Singer (@Matt Singer)1592272390.0
@seanspicer @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden So your evidence that people don’t want to admit to pollsters that they are… https://t.co/8n2jSYZN1w— Daniel Powell (@Daniel Powell)1592333031.0
@seanspicer @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden Trump voters are embarrassed. Period. #RepublicansForBiden— Radical Moderate (@Radical Moderate)1592269354.0
In recent days, Trump has tweeted about the "SILENT MAJORITY"—what he believes to be thousands of Trump supporting conservatives who remain silent in their support except in the voting booth.
Some believe this poll serves as evidence that Trump may once again win in an upset as he did in 2016.
@seanspicer @jetrotter @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden I love when polls are published showing Trump doing poorly. It lu… https://t.co/VslWVppNPw— SCATDADDY42 (@SCATDADDY42)1592271982.0
@seanspicer @Barnes_Law @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden So people just forgot all about 2016, huh?— I. Dindu Nuffin (@I. Dindu Nuffin)1592269918.0
@seanspicer @realDonaldTrump @JoeBiden What is never mentioned is that Donald Trump never polls well. Even four yea… https://t.co/erChWizZM6— Edgar Montoya (@Edgar Montoya)1592288707.0
Truth will out in November.