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  1. derushaj on October 1st, 2008 @ 10:43 am

    Exit polls are critical to the study of political science. They are the only way that researchers can break down how certain age groups turned out, voted, certain geographic breakdowns, etc. Without exit polls, we would know virtually nothing about voter behavior.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on October 1st, 2008 @ 1:54 pm

    Okay, that makes sense.

  3. lindabee on October 4th, 2008 @ 7:31 pm

    Even more importantly, media exit polls serve as checks and balances for the "official" count. Republicans have stirred everybody up against exit polling in recent years, precisely at the same time there are lots of reasons to believe they and their cronies are rigging electronic voting machines.

    In 2000, shock waves went through the elections community when the results didn’t match exit polling. (Historically, exit polling had always been a very reliable double-check.) Conveniently, the GOP blamed the exit polling, and started calling for its elimination. Voter News Service, who has been doing the networks’ exit polling for decades, was shut down in 2004.

    We should actually be calling for more checks-and-balances like exit polling in this system. Or we might as well not cast a ballot at all, but have Diebold appoint the president direcly.

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