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Exit polls aren't an exact science, but almost so for Dan Jones

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  • lonepeak Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 7:17 p.m.

    So that was hard in this state...come on!

  • Lux et Veritas Draper, UT
    Nov. 3, 2010 10:00 p.m.

    Actually, lonepeak, polling is an extremely difficult endeavor.

    Not only did Dan Jones accurately predict the winners in each race, he was nearly perfect in his calculations of percentages.

    This is extremely rare in the world of polling and Dan Jones deserves credit as Utah's preeminent pollster.

  • AlanSutton Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2010 9:10 a.m.

    Notice the article's emphasis on "exit" polls. This is where a pollster asks people how they just voted.

    The article says nothing about the accuracy of polls taken before votes are cast, which is the most frequent type this paper reports.

    Why not do a follow-up report on the accuracy of polls taken before votes are cast? Will this pollster still be patting himself on the back?