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Trump campaign demands CNN to apologize for poll that shows Biden leading

President Trump campaign is demanding CNN to apologize for a recent poll that showed him well behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

The demand, coming in the form of a cease and desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker, was immediately rejected by the network.

“We stand by our poll,” said Matt Dornic, a CNN spokesman.

The CNN Poll which was conducted by SSRS released on Monday shows President Trump’s approval rating stands at 38 percent, a dive of 7 percentage points from CNN’s previous poll, which was conducted in early May. And disapproval rate of Trump  jumped from 51 percent month ago to 57 percent now.

And the poll shows the former vice president and democratic presidential nominee topping the GOP incumbent in the White House by 14 points — 55 to 41 percent. That’s nearly triple the 5-point margin – 51-46 percent – Biden led by a month ago in CNN polling.

Trump campaign letter

In the letter to Zucker, the Trump campaign argued that the CNN poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.

“”It’s a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President,” read the letter, signed by the Trump campaign’s senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and chief operating officer Michael Glassner.

ALSO READ: CNN poll: Biden lead over Trump rises to 14 points

The letter, which heavily cites findings by McLaughlin, makes several incorrect and misleading claims.

“It’s a poll of 1,259 adults — not even registered voters, let alone likely voters,” the letter says, citing a McLaughlin memo from earlier this week.

The letter to Zucker also includes McLaughlin’s criticism that the poll, conducted between June 2 and 5, was taken “before the great economic news,” an improvement in the jobless rate that was released on Friday, even though the poll was still being conducted throughout that day.(COURTESY CNN)

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