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What 2020’s Election Poll Errors Tell Us About the Accuracy of Issue Polling

Posted on AllSides March 29th, 2021
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Most preelection polls in 2020 overstated Joe Biden’s lead over Donald Trump in the national vote for president, and in some states incorrectly indicated that Biden would likely win or that the race would be close when it was not. These problems led some commentators to argue that “polling is irrevocably broken,” that pollsters should be ignored, or that “the polling industry is a wreck, and should be blown up.”

A large overstatement of voter support for Joe Biden has a minimal effect on measures of opinion about issues

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