Judge rules in favor of exit polling in Minnesota

  • Article by: JAMES WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 16, 2008 - 5:10 AM

A federal judge sided with a group of national news media organizations in ruling that the law restricting the area near the polls as an infringement of the media's First Amendment rights.

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JoshuaRobsonOct. 15, 08 3:04 PM

until a reporter tries to poll me, then I will tell them exactly what I think of this ruling and exit polls in general. I will also hold forth on the "News" networks and the way they predict the winners of elections based on .0000000001% of the returns. The air will turn blue, paint will peel off nearby building, and milk will curdle in a 1/2 mile radius by the time I'm done.

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sodablueOct. 15, 08 3:33 PM

Exit polls are used in third world countries to detect election fraud. They're a good thing when used appropriately. Hopefully this year it won't be close and none of this matters.

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artvandolayOct. 15, 08 3:38 PM

I too hope it won't be close this year thus not mattering much. Hopefully McCain whips Obama's you-know-what by a large margin.

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jcbbauerOct. 15, 08 3:45 PM

Do not tell them the truth.

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millersbOct. 15, 08 3:48 PM

JoshuaRobson - It's not reporters performing the exit poll. It's done by surveyors paid by the Associated Press along with various other organizations. The information isn't only used by the "news" but for research and colleges. They surveyor gets paid either way, so they probably couldn't care less if you tell them "no." Since they're just trying to make a living like the rest of us, maybe you should consider politely saying "no" instead of being rude.

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stoltzjOct. 15, 08 4:04 PM

The 'experts' say that they poll one in every 4 voters. That means that I should have been polled twice in my presidential voting lifetime. Funny, I do not ever remember even seeing an exit poller where I have voted. Maybe they do not like to poll people in the suburbs. I think that exit polls have become a false advertising tool that is used by the media to sway voters in the direction that media oulet recommends.

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superdeluxeOct. 15, 08 4:06 PM

Not just in third world countries. Countries like Germany and Australia use exit polling as an auditing measure, too. It's far more accurate than pre-voting polls, because the question is "who did you vote for?" rather than "who are you going to vote for?" The only reason exit polls are suspect in the US is because people don't want to believe that our elections themselves are suspect. In 2000, exit polls had Gore winning by a slim margin. Guess what? That's actually what happened.

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stoltzjOct. 15, 08 4:18 PM

Exit polls may have there place in other countries where they are controlled by the election officials, but they are not credible here when they are controlled by the media where there is no accountability. You provided a good example of one of the flaws, our presidential election is not a populus vote but an electoral vote. In 2000 exit polling gave the incorrect result because it measures voting incorrectly.

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lvpops53Oct. 15, 08 4:25 PM

If nobody told them how they voted, they wouldn't be around to ask. Seems pretty simple doesn't it?

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JoshuaRobsonOct. 15, 08 5:48 PM

You make a good point. I will find out if I'm dealing with an actual reporter or just a guy beign paid to do the polling before I start with the rude.

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