On Monday, Donald Trumpclaimed he's polling better with women than with men, and that reports to the contrary are "very inaccurate." In fact, a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Clinton ahead with women voters by 20 points.) When it comes to polling, Trump seems to be oblivious, and a new report from the Post makes it pretty clear why.
According to Federal Elections Commission filings, Trump's campaign has spent $1.8 million on polling from June 2015 to September 2016. By contrast, it has spent $3.2 million on "Make America Great Again" hats.
In total, his campaign spent $15.3 million on "collateral," which includes Trump hats, Trump T-shirts, Trump signs, and other merchandise to promote its candidate — that's more than it's spent on any other category, including field data and payroll. Here's what that looks like:
As the Posts's Philip Bump notes, "Nothing encapsulates Trump's primary and general election campaigns more neatly than his spending on collateral generally, and hats specifically — the campaign in a nutshell."
See photos of those hats:
Donald Trump wearing hats
Donald Trump wearing hats
U.S. President Donald Trump tours the pre-commissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford with Commanding Officer U.S. Navy Captain Rick McCormack (R) at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding facilities in Newport News, Virginia, Virginia, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Donald Trump gets a briefing before he tours the pre-commissioned U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford at Huntington Ingalls Newport News Shipbuilding facilities in Newport News, Virginia, U.S. March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump adjusts his hat after fixing his hair at the end of a campaign rally in Naples, Florida, U.S. October 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Sarasota, Florida November 28, 2015. REUTERS/Scott Audette
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US Presidential Candidate Donald Trump points as he stands outside his hotel
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Donald Trump on the 13th tee at the Trump International Golf Links at Balmedie
TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 25: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Antique Car Museum property on October 25, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida. Early voting in Florida began October 24. (Photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)