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Opinion: Exit polling is inaccurate, ineffective

Kaitlin Newkirk

Kaitlin Newkirk When you go to vote, you are required to stand in line with your cell phone safely stowed away.

It’s the normal voting experience – private and secure.

But the moment you leave your voting station, you have the potential to get bombarded by an exit poll surveyor.

Why keep all the security inside a polling place to secure our privacy if it is just constantly violated outside?

And furthermore, is this truly necessary? More often than not, exit polling produces false advertising for the public and false hope for a presidential candidate.

This year, only 31 states will be polled instead of 50 according to washingtonexaminer.com.

Couldn’t this mean that information is being compromised?

If exit polling is costing too much money and only generating partial results, then why do we keep doing it? Accuracy should be the first and foremost goal of these polls, and yet it’s not.

The polls do not change the outcome – it only keeps the drama high in an already dramatic race. The inevitable results come Tuesday, is the country so impatient we can’t wait?

If we were still polling all 50 states, I wouldn’t hate exit polls as much.

But without 19 states, there’s no way exit polls will be accurate.

They are of no benefit to this country or this election.

 

Newkirk, a junior English major from Wilmington, is an opinion writer.

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