FAQ: Questions about Exit Polls


I wrote quite a bit about exit polls after the 2004 elections, and have learned quite a bit in the process. However for those looking for general information about how exit polls are conducted, my Election Day summary of "what you need to know" about exit polls is a good place to start.

For those looking for a recent and comprehensive review of the issues raised by those who claim that the 2004 exit polls provide some evidence of a stolen election, see my three part series reviewing the Rolling Stone article by Robert Kennedy, Jr. that asked, "Was the 2004 Election Stolen?:"

Here is the complete list of frequently asked questions, though please note that most of these posts were written in November and December of 2004, before note that I wrote most of these before the release of a report by the exit pollsters, Edison Media Research and Mitofsky International, in January 2005 that provided much additional information on many of these questions.

You can also see a summary of all the posts on exit polls on Pollster.com here and on Mystery Pollster here.

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