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Wed Jun 6, 2012, 06:03 PM

"Shy Elephant Factor" at Ballot Pedia

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Shy Elephant Factor

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http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Shy_Elephant_Factor

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The Shy Elephant Factor, is a term used to demonstrate a party bias in polling results, more specifically exit polls in major United States Elections. The term indicates that statisitcs prove that conservatives are not likely to particpate in exit polls or other types of opinion polls over liberals. Because of these statistics, there tend to be a significantly higher liberal bias in exit polls which may result in a false positive result. In other countries, the term can be closely aligned with the British Shy Tory Factor.
Elephant

The elephant in the term is used to align conservative voters with the closest related U.S. Republican Party. The official symbol of the Republican party is the Elephant.[1]

Statistics

Following the 2004 election, the National Election Pool (NEP) discovered a discrepency in exit poll results vs. the actual popular vote results. The national sample showed Kerry ahead 51% to 48%, but Bush won the national popular vote by a 2.5% margin (50.7% for Bush and 48.3% for Kerry). On average, the statewide exit polls showed a similar overstatement.

Warren Mistofsky, who headed the 2004 exit polls, appeared following the election and offered a theory: "We suspect that the main reason was that the Kerry voters were more anxious to participate in our exit polls than the Bush voters." Three months later, the report issued by Mitofsky and his partner Joe Lenski again argued that the discrepancy occurred because "Kerry voters were more likely to participate in the exit polls than Bush voters." They also offered "hypothetical completion rates of 56% among Kerry voters and 50% among Bush voters" that would have accounted for the entire discrepancy. This theory was unofficially coined the "reluctant Bush responder" hypothesis.[2]

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Rove/GOP must have known this and exit polls were released showing kerry was winning by 2PM on election day in 2004. It lit a fire under republican voters and made democrats more relaxed. Was why the MSM, feeling so burned, no longer report exit polls until the polls are closed.

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d_r Jun 2012 #3
rufus dog Jun 2012 #5
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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 06:09 PM

1. Embarrassed to admit their vote ?

 

Count the votes in public or I won't believe it.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 06:56 PM

2. Mitofsky had untrained exit poll workers all over the country

In many cases, starving graduate students just looking for a temp job; they often disregarded directions and good sampling techniques.

In addition, the exit polls leaked to the internet in the middle of the day, which contaminated the sampling.

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 06:57 PM

3. bullshit.

they are proud of how they vote.
they have no problem with it.
This is a made up excuse to explain the difference between exit polls that favor the liberal candidate and vote tallies that favor the conservative.
I wonder if there is another explanation for that discrepancy.

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Response to d_r (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 08:05 PM

5. I agree, they are loud mouthed and obnoxious every other day of the year

 

but on Election day they become shy????

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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Wed Jun 6, 2012, 06:57 PM

4. Anyone who believes Rove's "facts" deserves to be lied to. n/t

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