A Consumer's Guide to the Polls
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Updated Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at 5:31 PM
Expected shares: Depends on region.
Newsweek (Princeton Survey Research Associates)
Publishes entire questionnaire with results: No.
Screens people out based on past failure to vote: Yes.
Raises these questions before asking whom you'd vote for: None.
Presses undecideds to pick a candidate: Yes.
Average boost from pressing, last three samples:Unknown.
Disclosure of boost factor: Not published.
May weight your vote differently depending on your: Race, sex, education, region.
Adjusts results to fit expected party shares of electorate:No.
Will Saletan covers science, technology, and politics for Slate and says a lot of things that get him in trouble.
David Kenner is a former Slate intern.
Louisa Thomas is on the editorial staff of The New Yorker.
Illustration by Mark Alan Stamaty.