Definitions for exit poll
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a survey taken of a small percentage of voters as they leave the voting place, used esp. to forecast election results.
Category: Common Vocabulary, Government
Origin of exit poll:
a poll of voters as they leave the voting place; usually taken by news media in order to predict the outcome of an election
A poll taken of a sample of voters as they leave a voting station; used to predict the outcome of an election.
An election exit poll is a poll of voters taken immediately after they have exited the polling stations. Unlike an opinion poll, which asks whom the voter plans to vote for or some similar formulation, an exit poll asks whom the voter actually voted for. A similar poll conducted before actual voters have voted is called an entrance poll. Pollsters – usually private companies working for newspapers or broadcasters – conduct exit polls to gain an early indication as to how an election has turned out, as in many elections the actual result may take hours or even days to count. Warren Mitofsky, founder of Mitofsky International, is credited with having invented the exit poll.
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