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Survey: Most Voters Skeptical of Polling Accuracy

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By    |   Thursday, 27 December 2018 04:46 PM

Most Americans are skeptical about the accuracy of opinion polling, The Hill reported Thursday.

A HarrisX survey posted on The Hill's website found 52 percent of registered voters are doubtful about surveys they hear about in the news media.

According to the survey, 29 percent of respondents said they do not believe most polls, but they do trust a few; 19 percent said they "almost never" believe polls are accurate.

While the majority were mistrustful of polls, 15 percent of respondents said they "almost always" believed in polls they heard about in the press. Thirty-three percent said they believed most polls but not all of them.

In other findings:

  • 23 percent of men said they "almost never" believe surveys, while only 16 percent of women said the same. Among men, 15 percent said they "almost always" believe polls are accurate, but only 9 percent of women agreed.
  • 55 percent of voters between the ages of 18-34 believe most or almost all polls. Only 41 percent of voters 65 and older said the same.
  • 60 percent of Democrats think opinion polling is mostly or almost always accurate; 36 percent of Republican respondents agreed; and 49 percent of Independents said the same.
  • 67 percent of progressives said they believed most or almost all polls; 32 percent of conservative voters said the same; moderates split 50-50.

The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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Most Americans (52 percent of registered voters) are doubtful about surveys they hear about in the news media, The Hill reported from a HarrisX survey.
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