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different. way so simple question then you probably don't i do you person to ask your digital person ok should we trust the polls. i trust the polls as a strong indicator of what's going on but we have to understand what they are saying and their limitations so 1st let's talk about what the polls are saying using 2016 as you mentioned as an example so in chick out the 16 the average of polls said that hillary had about an 85 percent chance of winning well that means the polls are also saying that she had about an 85 percent chance of losing so if you're picturing hillary rolling the dice pollsters don't control it she rolls that one in 7 chance where she loses so that's what the polls are saying they're talking about chances but we also have to consider the polls limitations so in this year i think of it as 2 sets of limitations we have the normal limitations that happen every election cycle and then there's limitations that are special to 2021st
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talking about the normal limitation so every poll has a margin of error for a reason and we know that there's going to be groups that are under counted in 2016 it became notorious for undercount counting the impact of education levels this year we don't know what it's going to be it could be women for example right now biden has a $26.00 point lead among women so there's probably very few women for trump to grab so to speak but if women stay home they will be handing the election over to trump and then we will be saying that the polls got it wrong but what's special this year is the unique challenges to 2020 the polls don't account of correctly for voter suppression because we don't know how big the impact will be we do know one where people have access to voting it's an advantage to democrats were less people back to voting it's an adventure publicans but what's especially. unique this year
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it's the 1st time that we have an american president casting doubt on the election results before they even come in so we're really talking about you think do we trust the polls and do we trust our democracy at the answer to the 1st question for me is yes we trust the quote there pretty good indicator chances of how people will vote but do we trust our democracy will we trust the results even if the poll caught it right that's an entirely different question the reporter cannot answer your mother kind of how do you respond to that do you trust the polls because. in the last couple of days we talked about the narrowing but sarah just brought up a really good point i mean looking at the. the this is considered when she when a trump is doing very poorly there you know and just and kind of kind of in life in this conversation is that it's it seems like is it dead heat in georgia i mean i thought that was a red state ok so do you trust the polls. so the polls we have always used
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polls to determine many things elections are just one of them so yes i believe polls 'd 'd i trust polls because that's the only gauge that we have to really know what's happening in it in an election we've always used them as sarah said 2016 was a different story i don't know i just for me i know a lot of conservatives out there you know they're saying that of course we're going to have a repeat of 2016 we really don't know we don't know and we won't know until election day because as sarah said there are a number of factors that are present now i'll just lead wonder about the number of under-counting vote so for instance me when i'm out socking to so many people not just black not just why not just asian or hispanic the number of those i just wonder what the polls can account for what they don't know so if you aren't really polling or able to hold people who. who would never ever say that they're
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supporting donald trump then you don't get you don't capture that number so i actually wonder how many of those voters who are just simply afraid i know i do i have so many who are in my message box and they're often say i would never say it publicly but i support truck that could be a very very small number we don't know that but it could actually be a number that's substantial enough to flip the election in favor of donald trump i think that i think says erick didn't mention you know the 2 prongs that we're really dealing with but i think that one of the other things that we have to understand is that since 2016 our politicians here in washington d.c. definitely on the democratic side but in some cases republicans too but they have cast it down on don't trucks own election so this is something we've been dealing with now since 2016 grade there's a lot i know there are plenty of people don't even believe that trump is the president here i mean i don't want to get i want to i want to talk i want to talk
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about poll i'm a conservative you know and you know i'm not voting for for a bike but i'm interested in the polls because i think this is what's going to get down to 0 what is the correlation of people making a preference stating a preference and actual voter turnout is a very good research on that are you talking about the idea of a shy voter i would give them kind of leading to that what i'm just saying is it because we have this very day and we in we have to tell our viewers because it's international is that each state has different laws about how you count votes a bit but we have absentee we have mail and i mean it's much more complicated that way and i wonder is there any polling data that tracks that because of the way the election is being conducted this year or is that just an unknowable. so we know that there will be some margin of error that's why every poll comes out with the margin era 2016 was actually in the normal margin of error. terms of
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people saying they're going to vote one way and then they both and the other tribe that's what i'm saying not voting i mean they there's a preference but they and if not voting that's my question that is one of the biggest questions of the election but what i would say i think a lot of people are looking to the early the early vote to answer that which i believe is a mistake just because there's a large amount of early vote does not mean that we're going to see less people show up on the election day so i'm going to chop that up too i wish i had the crystal ball to say it's people who say that they're going to vote are actually going to vote we know that that was a big myth by hillary supporters in 2016 they thought that hillary had this in the bag misunderstood the polls they thought that 85 percent chance met she's definitely going to win i don't have to show up but let me be clear you know if you
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supported biden to say oh he has it in the bag i don't need to show up and vote would absolutely be a mistake there is a chance that trump is going to win about the same chances he had in 2016. ok let's go to talk about shi'ites from voters ok mostly is that is the real i mean because when when i think about it you know when i when someone calls me on my phone and i don't recognize the number i usually don't answer it ok. you know it's not a form of spam and firstly why should i tell someone on the telephone what i think about politics i don't know that person ok but you do seem like nice people to me and i'm telling you what i think you're you get my point here i mean because of the way trump is treated by the media as of. maybe there's a good percentage of people to say well you know i'm i can tell you what i think. i honestly think that shah is really too modest at work there are people literally afraid there are in and it's not just hyperbole i know people who are under no
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circumstance would probably jail if you want else does or they're supporting trump their freight for their jobs their frayed for someone myself who lost many friends when i decided to support donald trump this is real not everyone is outspoken as i am and feel comfortable talking to people about why he support ultra but i absolutely believe that the number of shot or silent that silent majority who supported donald trump i do believe that that number is definitely greater in 2020 much more so than it was in 2016 because it's better much more damaging to say that you support donald trump now as opposed to $2160.00 how does the polling model to deal with what's called the shy trump voter is there a way you can do it. and here is but let's let's be clear now talk about your point
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in a stacking while there may or may well be a shy trump voter or a shy biden powar but are they are unlikely going to have it used to sickle impact on the election there is some evidence on the state level or voter very gamble i saw a poll yesterday in new hampshire that republican voters were much less likely to openly say that they plan to vote for trump this year than democrats saying that they plan to vote for biden however i mean that's where trump has about a 15 point lead so it's not going to make a huge the typical impact in on the national level it seems that there's just as many bite a shy biting voters as voters you know when we look at the national level to address. your question directly the way that we answer it is we see ok well when we take polls over the phone to people change their answers compared to when we take it and nominate my and the answer is both on the biden side and the trucks
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a quarter or stays about the same so i don't see this as being at huge impact on the election never heard of a shot by him go to i'm never heard. you should talk to some people in california. well you can't start in the red if you heard of such a thing as a as a shot by voter and this is this is a very very new i've never heard of a shot i bided voter at all so true it may exist but i don't know what's the damage and outing yourself as a buy to vote or you get one of the things that i think that you know because of 2016 this is created a lot of doubt in people's minds and and it's really mean we don't have to go into the weeds in the numbers right now but it was only in a few congressional districts that really made the difference ok in the 2nd half of
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the program want to talk about the possibility and it's really interesting if you look at the let's talk in the electoral college it's not impossible that at this point either candidate could have almost a landslide and that's really boggles the mind ok when you have such it with what's called a title election but it is same time and i don't think we're going to hear it on election night or in the next morning but it could radically go each way and i want to talk about that when we come back we're going to jump in we're going to go to a short break and after that short break we'll take you know what a special poll say about.
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the longer deeper history housings men in the united states not just that question of the american dream but the bigger question of who the dream is for. welcome to cross town where all things are considered i'm hearing about remind you we're discussing polling. ok well let's go back to sarah sarah in looking at some of the commentary not experts you're an expert but the comments coming kerry the election and we again our viewers have to understand it's not the popular vote that elects the president
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at least at this point in american history it is the state's electoral college year now some of the scenarios i look at here it's possible when it's within the realm of possibility to try to use your exact language here is within the realm of possibility that either candidate could run away with this how could that happen explain by right away do you mean that when a landslide or doubt no i mean i mean when signaller 30300 electoral votes yes so right now they are in a ballot 35 percent chance if you agree with the polls that by tomorrow when in a landslide and a ballot a one percent chance that trump will win in the landslide so again i'm not saying it's not possible for trump to do that there is that one percent chance if you agree with the paul it's just less likely then biden but what what i'm worried about because you know i don't think that that's going to happen you know even if
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it happens on the biden side we have that about one 3rd chance where he wins in a landslide you know that means there's about a 2 thirds chance that he does and also doesn't win in a landslide if there is no way and slide i a. holiday to anyone who thinks that this is going to be a quick result on november or buckle up going to be highly contested and last there is a landslide in either side and by the way usually we define a landslide as the ran up 10 points or more which again can that neither side will have that and these will be contested a long time in the courts well you need to go back to washington i mean the reason why i really wanted to do this program is that you know people do see me the polls but because there is no doubt of holes in sarah's or hit it on the on the head here
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people didn't doubt the outcome and no matter what it is ok and that is the scary part here not only is it a challenge to vote this in this presidential election cycle because of the pen demick but you know there is there's real suspicion on both sides unlike other ever seen in my life i mean it's extraordinary i mean and it's really sad too because in the elections of those would be you know this is where you get out metaphorically of course and then you shake the competitors' him when it's all done but i don't see that happening and why is that case here because it and you playing both sides for it being the i believe it's an antiquated election system that can create these kinds of doubts i mean if you doubt the polls you're going to doubt the outcome and that's a bad place what do you think my friend and so absolutely we are living in a very partisan times and people they do donald trump things didn't get better
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under donald trump for sure but going back to george bush we've had a very toxic political climate for a while you can even say clinton but i guess i'll start with social media the area of maybe 2000 before social media so there's always been this type. toxic discourse post donald trump into the 2016 election both sides have really done a really horrible job at encouraging us to trust our own instincts trust our own democracy they have there is an aura group here called the bipartisan policy center they produced a document that talks about the difference between absentee in mail and voting and the difficulty in doing that during a pandemic this is real but what is the discussion that we're having around the country democrats say that republicans don't want mail in millen voting because it hurts. you know republicans republicans are saying that democrats want mail in
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voting because it helps them you know this is just unfortunately a consequence of all years and years of political living in a political climate where these were actually encouraged to distrust whether it's a republican in office or even when barack obama was in office we saw the same thing on the conservative side where we gear each other to not trust the government so the recent supreme court ruling here that actually gave been so maybe i think it was 23 additional days for absentee count absentee votes there is no way in the world and i agree with sarah if it's a close election you can forget an immediate answer to one presidency you can forget it well as error and because of that hiatus that we're all expecting here you know the the worst partisans on both sides are going to make outrageous claims inflame the situation and. and we're just going to get to
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a point unfortunately where people are just if what we just heard is absolutely right that the faith in institutions institutional faith has gone down dramatically i mean who would have thought that the post office would be in the center of all of this and you know sarah maybe to kind of get out of your kind of polling thing but just give me a kind of home. one of the things that is seems to me that's different about this election or maybe it's an echo of 2016 too is that you know there is this demonizing of the voter and usually you don't do that it's not a good idea to do that to voters because they're the ones that are going to suppose you do the process here but we get we can get on both sides ok you know the whole smelly wal-mart people and then and then then these liberal elitists and things like that you know and and then they bring in there there's issues about their social issues and cultural issues but i've never seen voters so demeaned in the political process and i think that's really dangerous and when you do that and you guess and again you degrade the institutional process your thoughts ok you know
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that makes me really sad to hear that you know that voter had been demon i i i certainly hope i'm not sure the peanut. you know i had i i i disagree with that what i would say at where we can agree is we need to hold our leaders accountable and make sure that they are talking about what we want them to talk about that we show up on voting day based on the issues that actually impact our daily lives which right now are there in which you already have the american and it's a pandemic the economy and their health care and you know i think that there's a lot of distraction going on but i think that that's what will make people show up on the election day or vote early. and that how we hold our leaders accountable
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well you know it's very i'm so glad you say that because if you look at it it's a bipartisan if there really are a lot of bipartisan things in american politics you know in the in the number one things that you list that democrats list as you go is exactly the same thing that republicans look we don't get that in the political rhetoric all the time i agree with you with me in watching these debates you know everyone focuses only on the form i'm far more interested in the content you know they are are are people going to be taken care of you know or you know are going to be made whole ok i think either candidate would say that would run away with this election but neither candidate can say that i'm ok and of course i'm out and i'm a i'm a conservative but i think you know the the failings of the healthcare system are so obvious for everyone to see during this pandemic but it's not part of the political process can you address that because it seems to me and i have talked to thousands and thousands of people on this program is that you know you know at the grassroots you're so much common ground but is soon as it goes up the political
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ladder kind of kind of forget about us i mean how do you explain it well i give you that i give you a real life example there are the g.o.p. police reform bill the g.o.p. police reform bill and the democrats' bill. this reform bill there did the democrats agreed what about 90 percent of what was in the g.o.p. bill 90 percent that's that's simply amazing but what happened is that politics got into it and so then democrats decided that well hey we're not going to support that off response because i've done the same thing i'm not one of those who excuses everything that the republican party does but i also believe that it's important that we hold both sides accountable not just the ones that you agree with but even the ones that you may disagree but at times and so this is a function of years and years you mentioned the poor girls yes the 2016 report the horribles people can say that they you know we misinterpreted what she said but there was also 2012 with mitt romney talking about the 49 percent of americans will
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always vote democrat or in that time for barack obama this and you were talking about what the language that we use about voters now voters on both sides there we turn the jungle into lee's evil creatures who for many many of us you're simply our neighbor. yeah yeah yeah i think absolutely because you know no matter how rich you are everyone needs health care ok this implies that i mean if the if we look at the i guess as we're speaking right now the stimulus talks are are installed and go on ok that's an 8020 years issue 8020 issue among the population 2080 and neither party is going to act on that here that's why going back and i think senator you're the one that brought it up 1st is that you know this lack of faith in institutions i mean my goodness if you have an 8020 is you
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it's a real wake up call and you know what it's easy to win if you're not an 80 twentieth's you here you know. we're almost out of time here. what is the what's the best case for someone that does what you say your profession about polling what are you looking for what mistakes are you looking for what are the weaknesses as we go into this traumatic event november 3rd you know i actually feel pretty good about the polls because we expect the polls to have air every pull has a margin of error so in terms of after the election is over when we're questioning at the polls got it right i think that we're going to have they say hey yes we missed this one thing at the expected you know we expect something unexpected. my fear my worst case scenario is that the election never ends because of predication so i'm hoping for a landslide who went it's fair it's all of that you know what i think that you know
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and we can end on this note here is that unfortunately like so much other things in our daily life is it's going to be litigated ok and i think that's that's sad i mean i was disappointed with not not because of the outcome in 2000 but that the supreme courts have had to do it and i think that was kind of a. a failing of the process ok and we should have learned from you know to avoid you know dangling chad i think it was ok to get a cigarette or even think you were born and then. we're going to have like mark my words we're going to has something like that ok. on the week of november 3rd ok so hopefully you both come back and we'll can be we'll talk about what went right and what went wrong what they both my guess really answer and want to take our viewers for watching us here are easy next time remember.
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