WASHINGTON — Cincinnati financier Carl H. Lindner Jr. skewed results of a call-in telephone poll on Donald Trump conducted for USA Today, the newspaper said today.
The newspaper said an independent analysis of the call-in results to a "Trump hot line" from June 8 through June 10 showed that 5,640 of 7,802 calls came from two phone numbers at Great American Insurance Co., a subsidiary of Lindner's American Financial Corp.
Lindner would not comment, the newspaper said, but a spokeswoman for him said the calls were made because Lindner and others at the company admire Trump's "entrepreneurial spirit."
The newspaper said it studied phone records generated by Airdata Inc., a call-in service company, because of some apparent last-minute ballot-stuffing. From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. EDT on June 10, the final hour of the three-day call-in period, more than 1,000 calls poured in. Ninety-three percent of those calls were pro-Trump, the newspaper said.