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  •  Kos isn't entirely wrong, pollsters also deserve (5+ / 0-)
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    xaoiv, LordMike, LeftyAce, raincrow, Sklz711

    credit. Right wingers spent a good portion of this election belittling pollsters and suggesting they were using "2008 turnout models" the same way they accused Silver of being biased.

    Well, with the exception of a couple firms (cough cough, Gallup and Rasmussen), the pollsters nailed the demographics of the electorate. I don't have time to go poll by poll, but for the most part the state polls I saw during the final week of the election correctly predicted the final results. That's a difficult thing to achieve when you are getting historically low response rates, having to deal with the issue of cell phone respondents, and being challenged on whether you are predicting turnout correctly by right-wing assholes.

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