Republican leaders on Thursday dismissed a recent CNN poll showing that a landslide win for President Donald Trump in 2020 would be a “miracle” for the GOP.
“If you’re going to say that it’s a miracle, I think that’s an overstatement,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters.
The poll, which was conducted before the release of a tape in which Trump boasted about sexually assaulting women, showed that Trump would win the presidency with an overwhelming 52 percent to 40 percent victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
The CNN poll, however, found that Clinton would win by a margin of 48 percent to 44 percent.
The polls were conducted in early October and early November, according to CNN.
“We don’t have an actual poll.
We don’t know what people are thinking.
So, it’s not a really reliable measure of what’s going on in the electorate,” Ryan said.
“I think it’s just a very hard and hard-fought election.”
The Wisconsin Republican said that while he believes Trump would prevail in 2020, it would not be by a landslide.
“That’s a hard thing to believe,” he said.
Ryan also dismissed a poll showing Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren leading Trump in a hypothetical general election.
“It’s a pretty small number,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“They’re only a few percent.”