Search Results for Tag: Polling

Why Is It So Hard to Get an Accurate Vote Count?

In Kansas this past August, vote totals in the Republican primary for governor fluctuated by more than 100 votes over the course of a few days, and the winner – Secretary of State Kris Kobach – wasn’t declared until a week after the vote. In Virginia, a hotly contested battle last year for the commonwealth’s […]

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Sampling Flaws Upset 2016 Election Polling Predictions

In statistics, a random sample is the cornerstone of any analysis. By ‘random,’ statisticians mean that the units of analysis (often people) are selected blindfold from the target population the researcher would like to say something about. When polling political party preferences, random samples are also used, but sometimes things go wrong because the population […]

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