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OnTheOtherHand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-14-07 08:13 PM
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17. no, I don't think so
The vast majority of real researchers don't work for clients, companies, institutions, or universities.

Who do they work for? Or were you speaking figuratively? This is a risky point to be speaking figuratively about, because you appear to advocate that the exit pollsters should spend a pile of the networks' money on something that the networks didn't intend to pay for, as a matter of ethical obligation. Sounds sort of like breach of contract to me.

Now, let me try to be clear about this. If we're talking about trying to sort out whether vote miscount and/or suppression accounted for the exit poll discrepancy, then I do think that's an obligation, and I think E/M fulfilled it. The people doing serious work in election forensics are not pounding on E/M's door, because they can find more and better data elsewhere.

If you think E/M has a further obligation to "explain undervotes, caging, inconsistent tallies, etc.", then I still think your beef is with the networks. You may also want to think about a research strategy you would actually recommend (for exit pollsters and/or others), of course taking account of prior and ongoing work.
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