A consumer's guide to the polls.

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Oct. 28 2004 5:31 PM

A Consumer's Guide to the Polls

Read the ingredients before you buy.

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Raises these questions before asking whom you'd vote for: None.

Presses undecideds to pick a candidate: Yes.

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Average boost from pressing, last three samples:Bush +0.33, Kerry +0.67.

Disclosure of boost factor: Published.

May weight your vote differently depending on your: Race, sex, age, education, region.

Adjusts results to fit expected party shares of electorate:No.

TIPP (Investor's Business Daily/Christian Science Monitor polls)

Publishes entire questionnaire with results: No.

Screens people out based on past failure to vote: No.

Likely voter test: Unspecified..

Raises these questions before asking whom you'd vote for: None.