Of course, recently there has been much discussion over irregularities in the election. One of these is the fact that exit polls in a few states showed a Kerry lead, while Bush ended up winning the state.
One refutation of this (in Ohio, anyway, I believe) is that the early exit polls showed a Kerry lead, while the final exit poll matched fairly close to Bush’s margin of victory in that state.
Now I come across this page:
Huh? Well, no shit; that would definitely improve the accuracy!
Now, the above link is to an article by Gregg Easterbrook on nfl.com, and the above quote actually comes from John Martin of the Washington Post, article linked here.
Now, that Washington Post link requires registration. I tried registering, but for some reason it’s not accepting it, so I haven’t read the Post article–I may be missing some context.
Wikipedia also has a page on election irregularities. One irregularity mentioned is the manipulation of exit polls, as allegedly evidenced by CNN screenshots on election night. The specific example: At 12:21 AM, the poll showed Kerry with 1022 votes in the exit poll (actually, percentages were given, implying the number 1022). At 1:41 AM, however, the poll showed Kerry with 986 votes in the exit poll, which, of course, is impossible without manipulation.
Anyway, are exit polls really adjusted to fit the election? If so, what could possibly be the point of that?