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Long Live the Exit Poll
Daedalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2012)
  • D. James Greiner, Harvard Law School
  • Kevin M. Quinn
Abstract

We discuss the history of the exit poll as well as its future in an era characterized by increasingly effective and inexpensive alternatives for obtaining information. With respect to the exit poll's future, we identify and assess four purposes it might serve. We conclude that the exit poll's most important function in the future should,and probably will, be to provide information about the administration of the franchise and about the voter's experience in casting a ballot. The nature of this purpose suggests that it many make sense for academic institutions to replace media outlets as the primary implementers of exit polls.

Keywords
  • voting,
  • exit poll,
  • political process
Disciplines
Publication Date
Fall 2012
Citation Information
D. James Greiner and Kevin M. Quinn. "Long Live the Exit Poll" Daedalus, the Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences Vol. 141 Iss. 4 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kevin_quinn/38/