Final CNN/DMR Iowa Poll Being Scrapped Leads to Anger, Conspiracy Theories

Several social media users were angry and suspicious after the highly anticipated CNN/Des Moines Register Iowa poll was scrapped at the last minute.

Per ABC News the release of a highly anticipated poll from CNN and the Des Moines Register on the Democratic primary race in Iowa, which hosts the premier contest of the election season, was abruptly canceled at the last minute over concerns from one of the survey’s respondents.

The poll, the last in Iowa before Monday’s caucuses, was slated to be broadcast live on CNN Saturday night, but at the top of the 9 o’clock hour, CNN Political Director David Chalian announced: “It was brought to CNN’s attention earlier this evening someone questioned for the survey raised an issue the way their interview was conducted. That means the results of the poll would have been compromised.”

“We weren’t able to determine exactly what happened during this person’s interview, and we don’t know if it was an isolated incident,” he added. “So out of an abundance of caution, CNN and Des Moines Register and the company who conducts the poll decided not to release tonight’s poll.”

The chyrons and banners publicizing the release of the poll were taken down only minutes before the expected airtime.

Among the unproven conspiracy theories floating around were that the poll may have been scrapped because it was too favorable to Bernie Sanders, a candidate not favored by the Democratic party establishment.

The most recent NY Times Iowa poll had Sanders with a commanding lead.

Here is some of the social media reaction to the Des Moines / CNN poll being scrapped.