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Monday, May 14, 2018

Exit Polls - All You Need To Know

What are exit polls and how are they conducted?

Exit poll is a post-voting poll which is conducted just after a voter walks out after casting his or her vote. Such polls aim at predicting the actual result on the basis of the information collected from the voters. They are conducted by a number of organizations.

Why are they not allowed to be telecast before voting?

Section 126A of the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951, puts a ban on exit polls from the period between the commencement of the poll until half an hour after the closing of the final phase of the poll.

Why is this exit poll important?

After a gap of nearly 15 years, the exit polls suggest that Karnataka is heading for a hung assembly and the support of a regional party would be needed by both national parties.

Do they always get it right?
No, in the past, there have been instances when exit polls have predicted the verdict of an election incorrectly.

What is the difference between an exit poll and opinion poll?
An opinion poll, sometimes simply referred to as a poll, is a kind of voter behaviour survey which is conducted to find out the public opinion before voting takes place, while an exit poll happens right after voting. Through a scientific survey, the views of a particular group of people are ascertained.

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