4Chan, Reddit Users Troll Post-Debate Polls in Favor of Gabbert, DeBlasio

Jul 2016
Using a common right wing tactic called "brigading".

Pro-Trump Trolls Drove Gabbard, DeBlasio Support In Online Post-Debate Polls

A swarm of pro-Trump trolls from Reddit and 4chan drove up Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s (D-HI) numbers in a post-debate Drudge poll, getting the results into The Hill and The Daily Mail.

The Gabbard campaign was quick to capitalize on the attention, sending out on email blast on Thursday declaring that “multiple news outlets declared Tulsi to be the breakaway winner of Wednesday’s debate.”

According to NBC News, the trolls’ efforts, called “brigading,” netted Gabbard 40 percent of the votes in the Drudge poll. A separate effort launched on Reddit’s r/The_Donald channel urged users to vote for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in a bid to drive the rest of the Democratic field further left.

These communities practiced similar tactics in 2016 to throw President Donald Trump more support in the hopes that the unscientific polling would be picked up by mainstream outlets and boost his standing.

As NBC points out, reputable polls are much more difficult to manipulate as they happen over the phone and with a predetermined spread of respondents representing a spectrum of diversity and political engagement.

The Hill ran a piece headlined: “Drudge instant poll shows Gabbard winning first Democratic debate in landslide.” The Daily Mail went with: “First poll has Tulsi Gabbard as the shock winner of the first Democratic debate and Beto O’Rourke as the clear loser.”
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Former Staff
Feb 2007
We are going to see this shit for the rest of the campaign...
Fortunately they are just polls, which aren't the most secure way to gather information. As evidenced by this.

I remember taking a poll once and all you had to do was refresh the page and you could take it again. An exploitable design flaw by the developer.

And in this case a bunch of.... lol Trump "Supporters" from troll clans.
Apr 2019
Polls are designed to manipulate public opinion by appealing to herd mentality anyways. Only low info types give them credibility.
May 2012
By the wall
This is why you always have to check the methodology of polls.

There are only a certain number of ways to conduct one and letting people call in or vote isn't one of them.

They are constantly proven unreliable.

Exit polling is notorious for being wrong also.
Jul 2013
Republicans can be counted on to cheat to cause trouble.
Btw, that's why Trump winning only because Russia helped him doesn't bother them.

I remember back in 2008, opioid addict ElRushbo called on Republicans to change their political registration so they could vote for Hillary in the Democratic primary hoping to damage Obama.