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Do Exit Polls Influence Voting Behavior?
The Public Opinion Quarterly
Vol. 50, No. 3 (Autumn, 1986), pp. 331-339
Published by: Oxford University Press on behalf of the American Association for Public Opinion Research
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2748722
Page Count: 9
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This article summarizes the findings of the effect of exit polls on voting behavior. Both macro and micro methods have been used, and no methods are perfect. Exit polls appear to cause small declines in total voting in areas where the polls close late for those elections where the exit polls predict a clear winner when previously the race had been considered close.
The Public Opinion Quarterly © 1986 American Association for Public Opinion Research