The media is at it again, and they’ve got the so called “fact-checkers” on their side this time. This one comes from Politifact – which has long targeted Republicans, while pretending to be an unbiased fact checker.
To give some background, Trump cited a poll from the Center for Security policy, which sampled 600 Muslims and found that 25% either agreed or slightly agreed with the statement, “Violence against Americans here in the United States can be justified as part of the global jihad.”
Politifact disputed the survey on the basis that it was an online opt-in survey, so a scientific sample wasn’t being polled. But this alone doesn’t disqualify the poll. In the 2012 election, 4 of the 7 most accurate polls in predicting the President were online opt-in polls.
And there are other problems, as elaborated on by John Nolte at Breitbart:
As our own Mike Flynn pointed out Wednesday, the CSP poll uses a widely-respected methodology that includes a sample size larger than some CNN presidential polls.The only thing wrong with the CSP poll is that leftists like PolitiFact do not like the outcome, so they call it “widely discredited” as though that makes it so. In an outright sleazy sleight-of-hand, PolitiFact tries to rebut Trump’s point about the radical nature of some American Muslims by using a Pew study that found that a “significant minority” of American Muslims “feel that there is a great deal or a fair amount of support for extremism in the American Muslim community.”
That significant minority is a whopping 21%. PolitiFact does not tell its readers that 21% means more than a half-million American Muslims feel that way.
PolitiFact also chose not to share numerous results from Pew and other pollsters that back up Trump’s claim.
More data proving PolitiFact is one of the most partisan and dishonest rackets allowed to operate legally in the United States.
One of the polls Nolte alluded to conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 14% of Muslims globally (and 8% in the US) said violence against civilians is “often” or “sometimes” justified. Keep in mind that there are between an estimated 5-12 Muslims in the U.S. While 8% is lower than the figure Trump cited, it still translates to 400,000-960,000 extremists.
When the rebuttal to Trump is that “only” 400,000-960,000 Muslims in America might hold radical beliefs, a rational person should first consider whether or not this is really a rebuttal at all.
[Note: This article was written by The Analytical Economist]