GOP Wants to End Exit Polls
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
As a BuzzFlash Reader said: "Gee, let's make it REALLY easy to cheat..."
RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie wants to eliminate exit polls because he says
they're not accurate, implying that the final vote was unquestionably
Wants News Organizations to Abandon Exit Polls (subscription req'd)
By Doug Halonen, TVWeek.com
After early exit polls in Tuesday's election inaccurately suggested
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry would trounce
Bush, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie is
that major news organizations pull the plug on the prognostications.
In remarks Thursday at the National Press Club, Mr. Gillespie said
among those who were stunned by exit poll reports, which leaked widely
the Internet. "I would encourage the media to abandon exit surveys
Election Day and do what we do in the political profession -- look at
precincts and the turnout, see who's turning out to vote," Mr.
said. "Don't build a model that you try to, you know, build your
thoughts into of what you expect it to be."
Mr. Gillespie conceded that the exit polls weren't reported directly
major news organizations themselves. "But with the Internet today,
kidding ourselves, aren't we, to think that everybody in America
know what the exit data is showing?" he said.
He also said he was personally affected by the early reports,
what he was seeing. "But I've been through this before," he
the exit data was wrong on Election Day. In 2002, the exit returns
were wrong on Election Day. And in 2004, the exit data were wrong on
Day -- all three times, by the way, in a way that skewed against
and had a dispiriting effect on Republican voters across the country."
Gillespie's implication that the final tally was correct, but the exit
polls were wrong implies that our voting process is flawless and the
people building our voting machines are nonpartisan and only interested
in seeing a fair election.
Anyone with the slightest knowledge of the seriousness
of the widespread problems we have with our voting systems
or the highly
compromised partisans running our voting machine companies
a truly fair election is not possible.
Why would the GOP want to eliminate exit polls? Because it's the last
semi-independent check of an election's accuracy and the only way to
quickly determine if the votes cast for a candidate match those counted
Drobny: "There's a huge difference between polling what WILL
happen and polling something that has already happened. The
reliability of polling something that has already happened is highly
predictive polls, like Gallup or Zogby, which is very risky. The reliability
can be, not plus or minus 4 percent as we see with predictive polls,
but rather a much more reliable plus or minus one half or one tenth
of one percent with exit polls, because those are based on asking people
who already voted. I would even say that if the exit polling were done
in the key precincts of Florida and Ohio, which it was, then these
should be practically "bullet proof.'"
If the GOP eliminates exit polls before true verifiable voting is in
place, there will be nothing left to warn us when our vote is stolen.
Lastly, note that Gillespie only refers to the 2000, 2002, and 2004
elections -- all the
major elections since George W. Bush dropped onto the national political
scene -- as "being skewed against Republicans." There is
a very good reason the exit polls
showed more people voted for
Democrats -- they did.
As Greg Palast said, "...the
exit polls are accurate."
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS