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  •  Who responds to polls? (1+ / 0-)
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    aseth

    Honestly, who does? Who answers the phone when they don't know who it is?

    I don't care if you call cell phones or not. The number of people responding is the issue. It's a self selected tiny number, and NOT representative of the general population.

    •  Yes they are, 95 percent of the time (2+ / 0-)
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      akze29, maltheopia

      I don't think Nate Silver and Professor Wang of Princeton believe polls are garbage.  Of course you get outliers and surprises, but not many, and with enough data -- poll data -- you can see what is almost certain to happen.

      In races where there are only a few polls in difficult circumstances, then yes -- believer beware.

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