Explaining the Exit Polls

It looks like they are making some progress on the exit poll inaccuracies:

Two firms that conducted Election Day exit polls for major news organizations reported Wednesday that they found a number of problems with the way the polls were carried out last year, resulting in estimates that overstated John Kerry’s share of the vote.

Democratic challenger’s supporters were more likely than President Bush’s supporters to participate in exit poll interviews.

Well, Yeah… I took my 79 year old mother to vote this year in the City of St. Louis (the one missouri locale along with Kansas City that had its polling places held open longer in 2000 than the rest of the state). As we approached the precinct we were immediately surrounded by Kerry supporters who handed us their list of candidates. When we left the precinct after voting I was not eager or willing to provide any information to anyone who might ask. I had seen and read of the violence at political rallies and would not risk putting my mother or myself through that kind of abuse. I am sure that their were many Republicans who were feeling the same way on election day.

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