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emcguffie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-05 06:10 PM
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17. I'm no statistician or scientist
And I do not understand all of this. But can someone try patiently to explain to me why it would be likely for a human trait (is that the word?), such as willingness to respond to an exit poll, to be consistently more/less common in a conservative versus a liberal voter? (I didn't express that very well, sorry.) In very different environments? Such as, say, the south versus the north, where attitudes and cultural differences can be generalized in a very loose way. I mean, people hurry more in the northeast, and are more "apparently" friendly in the south. Gee, what I am trying to say is that, with so many other human factors that make people so different, like millions of genetic combinations, why would one factor such as who you are voting for correlate to your willingness to participate in an exit poll? Especially when you factor in that many of these voters may have voted a different way in another election? Would becoming a * voter make you suddenly more shy? Why not more in-your-face? In my experience, those guys on the other side are much more in-your-face than thoughtful lib types.

I just don't get it.

What I do get is that lower income people are much more likely to be in too much of a hurry to stop and fill out a form. People who have to get back to work or pick up children at school or daycare, who can't afford to pay a dollar a minute late penalty. People with bigger incomes, such as folks who are more likely to be executives and managers and bosses, can afford babysitters more easily and can take time to vote as they wish. Or they can afford to pay a big penalty for being late to pick their child up.

What is the quality that would make people who voted for Bush unwilling to respond to exit polls, but people who voted for Kerry more willing?

This is not a facetious question. I am absolutely sincere.

Thank you to anyone who will take the time -- and please forgive my inability to articulate very clearly.

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