A Consumer's Guide to the Polls
Read the ingredients before you buy.
Updated Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at 5:31 PM
May weight your vote differently depending on your: Race, sex, age, education, region.
Adjusts results to fit expected party shares of electorate:No.
Democracy Corps (Greenberg Quinlan Rosner)
Publishes entire questionnaire with results: Yes.
Where: Here. Click to read any survey.
Screens people out based on past failure to vote: Yes.
Likely voter test: If you were old enough to vote in 2000, you must have voted in 2000 or 2002, be registered, and say you will probably vote in 2004. Exceptions: If you were too young in 2000, or if you were unregistered in 2000 or 2002 but have registered since then, you can still be counted as a likely voter as long as you say you will probably vote.
Raises these questions before asking whom you'd vote for: Right/wrong track, Bush job approval.
Presses undecideds to pick a candidate: Yes.
Average boost from pressing, last three samples:Bush +1.33, Kerry +1.67.
Disclosure of boost factor: Published.
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.