A Consumer's Guide to the Polls
Read the ingredients before you buy.
Updated Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at 5:31 PM
Presses undecideds to pick a candidate:Yes.
Average boost from pressing, last 3 samples:Unknown.
Disclosure of boost factor: Not published.
May weight your vote differently depending on your: Race, sex, age, region.
Adjusts results to fit expected party shares of electorate:Yes.
Expected shares: Average of their last five months of samples.
Publishes entire questionnaire with results: No.
Where: Here. Click any link in the "archive" column on the left to get the summary page for a previous poll. Then click the link at the bottom to "survey questionnaire."
Screens people out based on past failure to vote: Yes.
Likely voter test: Unspecified..
Raises these questions before asking whom you'd vote for: Declined to disclose.
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.