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Tue May 15, 2018, 01:50 PM

AP to offer election voter survey to replace exit polls

Source: AP

NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press said Tuesday that it will begin conducting an elaborate election voter survey designed to replace the traditional in-person exit poll, which has been criticized in recent years for inaccuracy and failing to keep up with changes in how Americans vote.

AP is convinced that science is on its side. Still, it’s a bold and potentially risky move for the news cooperative, which counts political coverage as a strong suit and which has, until recently, pooled resources with ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News to conduct exit polling in major elections.

AP has been concerned about the accuracy of in-person exit polls for the past several years, said Sally Buzbee, the news agency’s executive editor. On election night in 2016, when she was then serving as AP’s Washington bureau chief, she directed that only actual results be used to declare winners after exit poll results varied widely from actual vote returns. The exit poll that year was far more favorable to Hillary Clinton in many states than to eventual winner Donald Trump.

“If you don’t trust it enough to use it, it doesn’t have much value,” Buzbee said.

Read more: https://apnews.com/e1ec186fc3634276ba8ad77c490cafc1

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Reply AP to offer election voter survey to replace exit polls (Original post)
brooklynite May 2018 OP
MythosMaster May 2018 #1
lagomorph777 May 2018 #10
docgee May 2018 #14
unblock May 2018 #2
LiberalLovinLug May 2018 #5
DBoon May 2018 #7
unblock May 2018 #8
justgamma May 2018 #3
RandySF May 2018 #4
aeromanKC May 2018 #6
Bradical79 May 2018 #9
ananda May 2018 #11
sandensea May 2018 #13
sandensea May 2018 #12

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 01:52 PM

1. They only don't match

when you manipulate the votes.

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Response to MythosMaster (Reply #1)

Tue May 15, 2018, 03:12 PM

10. Exactly. If the voting is broken, "fix" the polls to match.

Awesome.

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Response to MythosMaster (Reply #1)

Tue May 15, 2018, 04:54 PM

14. Well now the electronic exit polls can be manipulated to match.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 01:53 PM

2. in every other country, you question the actual vote tally when it doesn't line up with exit polling

but this is america, so the exit polls must be wrong.



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Response to unblock (Reply #2)

Tue May 15, 2018, 02:05 PM

5. Bingo

Even American based election legitimization orgs that go into other countries use exit poll anomalies as reasons to publicly call them out as a corrupted elections. But.......American Exceptionalism

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Response to unblock (Reply #2)

Tue May 15, 2018, 02:32 PM

7. Remind me of one of my favorite quotes - Bertolt Brecht

"Some party hack decreed that the people
had lost the government's confidence
and could only regain it with redoubled effort.
If that is the case, would it not be be simpler,
If the government simply dissolved the people
And elected another?”

I've posted this before, but find it is quite appropriate

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Response to DBoon (Reply #7)

Tue May 15, 2018, 02:39 PM

8. yeesh don't give them any ideas!



eh, who am i kidding, they've already thought of that, it's their fantasy end game....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 02:04 PM

3. Remember when

their excuse was that Bush voters were too embarrassed to admit voting for him?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 02:04 PM

4. How many times will they talk to Johnnybot9

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 02:22 PM

6. Odd that Exit Polls were more accurate before electronic voting.

HHmm??

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 02:58 PM

9. What's the point of exit polls if you force them to match?

While exit polls being used to declare winners was dumb (imo), they have also been used as a possible indicator of fraud when they're too far away from actual results. Just being different isn't a flaw, it's a feature to indicate something.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 03:16 PM

11. You mean failure to keep up with voter suppression and election fraud!

nt

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Response to ananda (Reply #11)

Tue May 15, 2018, 03:32 PM

13. +1

Exactomundo.

Exit polls have long been used by election observers internationally as strong indicators that vote totals were tampered with.

By eliminating them, we're just making Rethugs' - and Putin's - jobs a little easier.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue May 15, 2018, 03:30 PM

12. "Inaccuracy" meaning 'they tend to expose vote tampering'

And we can't have that, can we.

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