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Exit Poll Potpourri

Topics: 2008 , Exit Polls

My NationalJournal.com column, with more on the performance of exit polls in Pennsylvania, is now posted online.

 

Comments
richard pollara:

As your post last week pointed out exit polls are not done face to face, however that doesn't mean that respondents will consider them as anonymous as the voting booth. Prior to reading your article I thought (and I think most people assumed) they were done face to face. If someone like Robert Novak does not understand the process I wonder if the average polled voter will. Second, while the results may be secret, are they completed in secret? What happens when a husband and wife duo comes to the polls? A women who pulled the lever for Clinton may not be willing to admit it on an exit poll with her husband looking over her shoulder. I also have wondered whether there is a Bradley effect with AA's. Is it possible that AA say they are voting for Obama in greater numbers than they say the are? My experience in voting is that many people come with friends or family when they vote. Especially when there are long lines it becomes a bit of a social event. I would think that unless the person being polled does it in an isolated area that the response may be influenced by other people. In any case, really interesting article. I am always surprised by how much I learn from this site.

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