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Sun Nov 27, 2016, 05:14 PM

Have any of you ever participated in a presidential exit poll?

2016 or earlier....

Were you chosen by the pollster or did you choose to be included by approaching the pollster?

Could you have avoided the pollster by simply refusing to participate?

Were your responses written (say on a form) or verbal to the pollster who recorded them?

What else can you tell us about your experience? Did it take long?

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Reply Have any of you ever participated in a presidential exit poll? (Original post)
rgbecker Nov 2016 OP
MFM008 Nov 2016 #1
susanna Nov 2016 #2
onecaliberal Nov 2016 #3
rgbecker Nov 2016 #4
KewlKat Nov 2016 #5
Island Blue Nov 2016 #6
Runningdawg Nov 2016 #7
rgbecker Nov 2016 #8
Runningdawg Nov 2016 #18
SMC22307 Nov 2016 #9
phylny Nov 2016 #10
Exilednight Nov 2016 #11
11 Bravo Nov 2016 #12
rgbecker Nov 2016 #13
11 Bravo Nov 2016 #14
Adrahil Nov 2016 #15
rgbecker Nov 2016 #16
Adrahil Nov 2016 #19
Iggo Nov 2016 #17

Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Sun Nov 27, 2016, 05:33 PM

1. never

and ive been voting since 1984.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Sun Nov 27, 2016, 05:37 PM

2. Yes. The first time I ever voted (1988)

They approached me and asked if I would answer some questions for an exit poll.

It took maybe 2 - 3 minutes if memory serves. Verbal questions, not written.

I did not know enough to avoid them, nor did I know I could just say no. I was a kid.

I have never been approached since.

on edit: forgot something

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Sun Nov 27, 2016, 05:39 PM

3. NEVER and I've voted in every election for decades

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Response to onecaliberal (Reply #3)

Sun Nov 27, 2016, 05:46 PM

4. I'm not surprised...

I think they only poll a few thousand nation wide.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Sun Nov 27, 2016, 05:47 PM

5. never and been voting since 1972

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Sun Nov 27, 2016, 06:00 PM

6. Never.

I wanted to do a DU poll about this before the election but couldn't because I didn't have a star at the time. I re-upped my star on election eve, just in time for the hacking shenanigans.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Sun Nov 27, 2016, 06:38 PM

7. I have participated a few times

I was chosen by the pollster.
Yes, I could have refused.
My responses were written down.
It took less than 5 minutes.
The questions were very general, the person asking them was friendly and professional.

The first time this happened in OK, some lady was watching/listening to us intently. I am not sure if she didn't like the idea of exit polls or just my answers in particular. These days I would have called her a poll watcher, back then, she was just a little strange.

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Response to Runningdawg (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 28, 2016, 12:22 AM

8. Thanks for this response.

Did the pollster identify who he/she was working for....newspaper or other media or?/???/

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #8)

Tue Nov 29, 2016, 05:33 PM

18. Too long ago/I don't remember

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Mon Nov 28, 2016, 12:24 AM

9. Never.

And I've been voting since Ronnie Raygun.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Mon Nov 28, 2016, 08:12 AM

10. I'm not sure if it counts, but I got a robocall election night

asking who I (since I answered the phone) voted for. I live in Virginia. So, not at the polls, but via phone.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Mon Nov 28, 2016, 08:29 AM

11. Yes, twice.

In 2000 and 2008 respectively.

I was living in a swing district.

It didn't take long. They asked questions and checked boxes on a form.

They chose me. They asked something like every tenth person.

I could have said no, but I chose to participate.

The questions are pretty straightforward. Age, race (I'm biracial), they didn't ask sex, income, education level, who I voted for and asked me to rank what issues influenced my vote.

All in all it was a simple process.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Mon Nov 28, 2016, 08:31 AM

12. This year (for the first time, and I've been voting since '72)

To answer your questions:
The pollster approached me.
I could have refused to participate.
My responses were verbal, and were recorded (audiotape) by the pollster.
The whole thing took about 5-10 minutes (and by the time I was finished a couple of Trump poll watchers, who could hear every word I said, were staring daggers at me.)

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Response to 11 Bravo (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 28, 2016, 08:34 PM

13. Thanks for this response.

Have you any idea why exit polls always skew to favor Democrats over Republicans compared to the actual election results?

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #13)

Tue Nov 29, 2016, 08:09 AM

14. All I can think of is that if, God forbid, I was a Repug, I ...

would almost certainly be too embarrassed to publicly admit it.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Tue Nov 29, 2016, 08:38 AM

15. I actually DID exit polling in '88, '90, and '92.

 

We never accepted volunteers.

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Response to Adrahil (Reply #15)

Tue Nov 29, 2016, 02:40 PM

16. Only those you chose, not those wanting to be interviewed?

Have you any idea why exit polls always skew to favor Democrats over Republicans compared to the actual election results?

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #16)

Tue Nov 29, 2016, 06:50 PM

19. Can't say...

 

I polled in a heavily Democratic area.

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Response to rgbecker (Original post)

Tue Nov 29, 2016, 03:03 PM

17. I was asked once, in 2000, and I declined to participate.

The pollsters approached me.

I declined to participate.

They made an attempt to get me to change my mind.

One of them correctly read my face, and it was over.

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