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  •  Is double-polling so frequent? (1+ / 0-)
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    These are all based on samples, not the entire population

    by chloris creator on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:01:04 PM PDT

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    •  depends on the area. (0+ / 0-)

      In rural areas, having both a landline and a cellphone is common.  Cellphone coverage is typically so spotty that it doesn't work indoors (I have friends who have this problem), so people need landlines for reliability.  And with long stretches of isolated road, people need cellphones for roadside emergencies.  

      In a college town, students are probably bringing in their cellphones from their home towns.  They may have landlines as well (in dorms where it's easy to get hooked up), or not (in rental housing where they may have to pay more to get their connections adjusted).  

      There is a small segment of cellphone-only, but they make the news because they are a relatively new phenomenon.  There is a larger segment of landline-only, who are less widely reported in the news or dismissed as "oldsters," but none the less exist.  The majority have both.  

      And while the likelihood of someone being included twice in a poll is small, it increases with the sample size, to the point where with very large samples it can't be ruled out.

      Get a call from GOP GOTV? Talk their ear off! Keep 'em busy! Plus one long call to a progressive = minus two or three calls to undecideds!

      by G2geek on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 08:45:44 PM PDT

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