- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 3, 2016

GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said his second-place finish in Iowa — after many surveys had projected a victory for him — doesn’t mean he’s swearing off polls.

“I think that polls for a caucus don’t work very well,” Mr. Trump said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The polls for a caucus — it’s too complex. The system is too complex.”

“You know, if you look through history, polls aren’t very accurate for the caucus,” he said. “I trust polling for other things, especially when you do cumulative polling. When you take many polls, put ‘em together, I generally tend to trust it.”

Mr. Trump routinely spends a good chunk of time during his appearances on the campaign trail reading off various polls if they show he’s winning, and highlighting how far ahead of his competition he is.

“Sometimes, I wonder how that can work, where they take 300 people and they do a poll of the United States, and you’ll see it comes out pretty accurately. The good ones, they come out pretty accurately,” he said. “Hard to believe.”

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