CNN’s Avlon Claims Most Americans Support Liberal Policies

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On Friday’s New Day show on CNN, political analyst John Avlon tried to provide comfort food for liberal audience members as he devoted his “Reality Check” segment to portraying liberal policies as being popular in spite of the close election results.

Avlon picked up on questionable polling on issues like illegal immigration, gun control and environmental regulations to portray liberalism as popular, and even tried to use presidential history trivia that turned out to be wrong to further put down President Donald Trump’s failure to win the popular vote.

After beginning his commentary with the premise that Americans are “actually less divided” on issues than the election results would suggest, he then cited Pew Research polling to show most Americans are sympathetic to illegal immigrants who were brought into the country by their parents as children:

Take immigration — one of the most bitterly divisive issue of our time. According to the 2020 Pew Research surveys, 74 percent of Americans support legal status for immigrants brought here illegally as children, known as “dreamers” or DACA recipients. That might surprise you to know that a majority of Republicans surveyed — 54 percent — support such a bill.

He then cited polling suggesting that most Americans want government to do more in response to climate change: “What about climate change? Well, it turns out in another Pew survey that 65 percent of Americans think the government should do more to combat climate change. And a majority of Republicans support policies like tougher restrictions on power plant carbon emissions.”

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He also cited discredited polling claiming that about 90 percent of Americans support requiring background checks on all gun purchases even though efforts to enact such laws have never come close to 90 percent support when voted on directly by voters:

But what about culture war hot button issues like gun reform? Well, if you get past the absolutist rhetoric, you’ll find that 92 percent of Republicans favor preventing people with mental illnesses from buying guns — 82 percent of Republicans favor making private gun sales at gun shows subject to background checks — 54 percent of Republicans support banning high-capacity ammunition magazines. And 50 percent of Republicans even support banning assault-style weapons.

Avlon didn’t highlight any examples of most voters agreeing with the conservative position on any issues.

Earlier in the segment, Avlon even mangled his presidential history trivia as he incorrectly claimed that President Trump is the only President who lost the popular vote twice: “But Biden won big, and there’s a reason beyond the rejection of Donald Trump, the only President to lose the popular vote twice…”

In fact, two Presidents — John Quincy Adams and Benjamin Harrison — lost the popular vote twice. Adams lost the popular vote to Andrew Jackson twice, and was voted out of office the second time in 1828. Similarly, Harrison lost the popular vote to Grover Cleveland twice, and was voted out of office the second time in 1892.

This fact-challenged “Reality Check” segment was sponsored in part by USAA. Their contact information is linked.

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Friday, November 20, New Day on CNN:

7:46 a.m. Eastern

ALISYN CAMEROTA: All right, today, a heart-warming “Reality Check.” And yes, that’s an oxymoron. Even though outgoing President Trump continues trying to overturn a free and fair election, we may not be as divided as we seem. John Avlon has our “Reality Check.”

JOHN AVLON: Are we really as divided as we seem? Well, some hopeful data suggests otherwise. Even in 1968, a year of assassinations and riots, the presidential election was decided by a razor-thin margin of 521,000 votes. This year, with a more than five million popular vote gap separating Joe Biden from Donald Trump, the nation’s bitterly divided with a President who for the fist time in modern history is refusing to concede. But Biden won big, and there’s a reason beyond the rejection of Donald Trump, the only President to lose the popular vote twice, because, even with all our deepening partisan and regional divisions, we’re actually less divided than meets the eye when it comes to public policy.

Take immigration — one of the most bitterly divisive issue of our time. According to the 2020 Pew Research surveys, 74 percent of Americans support legal status for immigrants brought here illegally as children, known as “dreamers” or DACA recipients. That might surprise you to know that a majority of Republicans surveyed — 54 percent — support such a bill. Okay, but maybe that’s an odd outlier.

Say, what about climate change? Well, it turns out in another Pew survey that 65 percent of Americans think the government should do more to combat climate change. And a majority of Republicans support policies like tougher restrictions on power plant carbon emissions. Against that backdrop, it shouldn’t surprise you to know that another Biden priority, infrastructure investment, is also broadly popular with the support of 83 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats. So maybe we’ll finally get infrastructure done for real. 

But what about culture war hot button issues like gun reform? Well, if you get past the absolutist rhetoric, you’ll find that 92 percent of Republicans favor preventing people with mental illnesses from buying guns — 82 percent of Republicans favor making private gun sales at gun shows subject to background checks — 54 percent of Republicans support banning high-capacity ammunition magazines. And 50 percent of Republicans even support banning assault-style weapons.

Leadership matters — so does public opinion. As Lincoln said, “In this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail and against it, nothing can succeed.” That’s why this data should give you a little bit of hope for the future. We are not, in fact, as divided as we seem. And for that reason, give thanks as we head towards Thanksgiving. And that’s your “Reality Check.”

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      1. And, yet they had twice as many viewers as Fox the week following the election. Fox News is going to hell in a hand basket, isn’t it?

      2. It’s Communist Propaganda. People have been calling it the Communist News Network for at least a decade now. So the only way I’d believe anything they say is if I physically saw it happen. Otherwise, I’m going to assume they’re lying out their butthole.

    1. cnn is full of shit as usual!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2. The Only Ones that DO feel that way should become Extinct, Very Extinct! I hear that AT&T is looking to sell this Subversive Fake News Toilet. Maybe China or Venezuela will buy it……they have A LOT IN COMMON!

      1. I would suggest that he count the number of TRUMP supporters. The MAJORITY of Americans do not support Liberal anything. And….Supporters of Pres. Trump ARE the majority.

    3. Absolutely, if Americans really new what the Liberals are and what they want to do to Our Country, there would not be any of them LEFT! Liberalism is a Cancer that has Infected Our Country and must be removed before it kills U.S.!

  1. Communist News Network NEVER REVEALS who they POLL? It sounds like all democrats calling themselves “Republicans” ! I have NEVER MET anyone who feels HALF the way they portray America. But, I don’t hang around leftist or commie vermin either!

  2. Thia ll may be true if the polling is only sheeple that watch CNN. And they still fudged it.

    Regarding climate change, the US has exceeded the emission reductions of the original agreement of the Paris accords without the burdensome financial obligations to support other countries who do not have to follow the PA policies. We can take care of ourselves.

  3. Demonrats and dummycrats (collectively, demons) depend on polls to let them know how the nation thinks because they’re stuck too far up their own backside to see what’s going on around them. They’re too self-absorbed to recognize anyone else’s opinions. They live in identity bubbles and only vacation to like-minded safe zones. There’s no way this moron’s opinion is correct as “most Americans”. Half the nation voted for Trump, the other half voted for The Bigot and the Whore of Babylon. Saying “most Americans” suggests ‘much more than half’, any given day of the week. The Bigot and The Whore of Babylon cheated to get their votes, so I’d say most Americans prefer conservative policies.

  4. Can we all just delete CNN and act like they aren’t around,these selfrightous idiots actully think their opinion counts with conservatives,if you watch these bastards for two minutes,you find yourself wanting to punch them in the face and throw the ass holes off of a cliff.

  5. LMAO this fucking idiot doesn’t speak for me or anyone that I know of I’m surprised that this piece of shit news program is even still on the air!

  6. His poling data seems to be consistent with the election poling data. WRONG!!
    Let me take a quick look at the issues he’d mentioned.
    Climate change: China is by far the nation pumping the most pollution into the air. Yet joe B seems to love them. Plus, the earths may possibly be warming, but I have not been convinced that humans are the reason. Anything the government implements in the name of “climate change “ will only put restrictions on manufacturing that other nations do not have to work around, raise prices on nearly everything we buy, and put limits on where we can go. AKA, lose freedoms.
    – Gun control: This right shall not be infringed upon. Read the 2nd amendment for a change. You’re so-called popular polls don’t change constitutional amendments regardless of the BS numbers and opinions you throw on the screen.
    – Illegal immigration: Can we please stop trading out the term “Illegal immigrant” for “ undocumented worker”? Is anyone pushing to give amnesty to Americans who have committed crimes? And yes, the illegal immigrants committed crimes sneaking into the United States without going through the proper, (and legal)immigration process. Illegal is illegal. No drivers licenses should ever be issued to illegal immigrants. Our welfare system can’t handle our own citizens. Stop giving our tax dollars to illegals. I underfund that Democrats are simply buying votes since 2/3 of illegals are Democrats. But buy them with your own damn money and leave our money alone.
    Now, do we really seem as if we aren’t that far apart? What a dumbass!

  7. This is ludicrous and so is the Socialist Left believing they can steal a National Election via country wide Corruption and expect 80,000,000 voters to go along with this with no response and the Liberal Politics Nonsense they spew as they indoctrinate our school kids every year!!

  8. CNN is just communist crap all we have to see to verify that most Americans don’t support leftist ideas is the number of good people that waited in line just to see or hear president Trump at one of his rallies .cnn only has moron Democrat listeners that have swallowed the communist koolaid and have no logic whatsoever even stupid Lenin called people like them useful idiots

    1. They have been brainwashed since 1932, parents and offspring. We do have background checks on firearm purchases. When a firearm is stolen from a Police Car when and where do you think they will be “registered?’

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