Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that the latest poll from ABC News/Washington Post found that “Hillary Clinton is down 11 points with WOMEN VOTERS and the election is close at 47-43”:
Finally, in the new ABC News/Washington Post Poll, Hillary Clinton is down 11 points with WOMEN VOTERS and the election is close at 47-43!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
Reporters pounced on this as the poll shows Hillary up by 8 with women in a four-way race, 7 in a head-to-head contest.
ABC News’ Ryan Struyk:
Actually she's up by 8 points. https://t.co/VZVGzBGng5
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) October 16, 2016
Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Fiscus:
— Amy Fiscus (@amyfiscus) October 16, 2016
Chicago Tribune’s Rex Huppke:
The poll doesn't show that. She's up 8 points among female voters. You're rigging this poll while claiming other polls are rigged. Sad! https://t.co/VGL82IHJc4
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) October 16, 2016
NBC News and MSNBC reporter Benjy Sarlin:
Without even looking at the crosstabs, there is no way she's leading a poll where that's the case https://t.co/J5GUbRdpTG
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) October 16, 2016
You get the point. Now here’s what Donald Trump probably meant by that tweet, via @YouGovUS‘s Will Jordan. The margin of Hillary Clinton lead with women has fallen by 11 points since the last poll:
This could be interpreted two ways — she's now behind by 11 (no) or her lead declined by 11 since the last WaPo poll (yes: was +19, now +8) https://t.co/PgyhryLSZU
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) October 16, 2016
Here’s the excerpt from the poll write-up ABC News’s website:
— Scoops Maroun (@ejmaroun) October 16, 2016
So he’s telling the truth? We’re sure apologies with be forthcoming, right?