Supporters of presidential hopeful Andrew Yang are upset about a CNN “Top Choice” graphic ignoring the 44-year-old tech wiz, even though his numbers are better than one of the candidates it included.
The screenshot at the root of the fuss centers around a Quinnipiac poll showing former vice president Joe Biden holding a commanding lead over Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg and Beto O’Rourke under a headline reading “Top Choice for Dem. Nominee.”
Noticeably missing from that graphic is Yang, who is polling at 3%. O’Rourke only scored 1%, according to Quinnipiac.
Journalist Scott Santens noticed the omission and posted it on Twitter, which he captioned, “if Andrew Yang didn’t exist, these would be the top 6 from the Quinnipiac poll, so despite Yang polling 3% in this poll, there is no point in displaying him in the top 6.”
Numerous Yang supporters, casually referred to as “The Yang Gang,” joined in their condemnation of the omission.
“This is so disheartening. I don’t think the media will ever respect us. Even at 10% they will find away to lose his name at this rate. This is extremely blatant now,” wrote one user.
Several tweeters wondered if O’Rourke was included because his high expectations and modest polling numbers make for a more compelling story line. One “Yang Gang” optimist wondered what will happen if his candidate’s numbers climb even higher.
“We’ve joked a lot about how the higher Yang rises in the polls the smaller the graphic get so they can exclude him, but I didn’t actually think they’d have the stones to just skip over him like this. When he hits double digits they’ll just leave him out and show Pete (Buttigieg) at 3%?” tweeted Ross Varner.