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>> Josh Mitteldorf wrote:
>>> Particularly brazen is their bald claim that
>>> * *National Exit Polls Will Skew In Favor Of Democrats This Year,
>>> Due To Large Numbers Of Uncontested Democrat Seats In The House
>>> Of Representatives.,*
>>> which is the opposite of reality.
>> I love the one about Florida 2000 too: Exit polls "incorrectly" projected Al Gore as the winner.
>> It obvious that the Republicans are declaring war on exit polls and it doesn't take a genius to see why.
>> What I find really remarkable in this GOP propaganda is that if you discount the stuff originating from Fox News, then pretty much all you have are a bunch of big name blowhards on the one hand vehemently agreeing with Steve Freeman that there is a major discrepancy but blaming it on errors in the exit polls rather than in the actual vote count, without a whit of evidence or a hint that they've even taken the latter possibility into consideration. Mitofsky himself finds the reasons for the whole thing "Remain Unclear."
>> The alternative interpretation has no such problem. The reasons (well-documented by Greg Palast, Fitrakis & Wasserman, John Conyers, et al.) are clear as the nose on your face: hundreds of thousands of Democratic votes cast but not counted.
>> Applying this alternative interpretation, USA Today's "In fact, the 2004 numbers were the most skewed since joint exit polling began in the 1980s" merely adds credence to the assertion that the more votes were stolen in 2004 by Republicans than ever before.
>> No wonder Republicans have apparently begun a campaign to to see exit polls discredited once and for all. Exit polls are not exactly conducive to their way of doing business.