The other 2004 election loser: Exit pollingLocked
Now that the elections are finally over, let’s look at one of the other losers: Exit polling. During Election Day, exit polls showed that Kerry was on his way to a clear-cut victory. What went wrong? Did pollsters sample the wrong precincts? Did voters lie (perhaps embarrassed to tell “the media” they were voting for Bush)? Or did those electronic voting machines do exactly what everyone had feared ? skew the election? A fascinating thought. After all, exit polls were reckoned reliable until the 2000 presidential election. It’s still too early to know, but were the exit polls as wrong about Senate races as they were about the presidential contest?