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2016 Election Media

Why the Post-Debate Online Polls are BOGUS

Jeff Dunetz
Written by Jeff Dunetz

People get too enthused by the post debate online polls conducted by pages like Drudge and Time. They are fun, but they are nonsense. Online commentators and even television commentators have been using these polls to prove that Trump won the debate, and now Fox News Management is warning producers to ease up on reporting about these online polls.

By early in the morning after Monday’s debate online polls conducted by Drudge, Time, and others reported that Trump was the big winner. While I would be ecstatic if they were true, online polls are what’s known in the business (any business) as “crap.” Oh they are fun to keep track of–and I must admit I rush to Drudge to see the result–but they are unscientific and meaningless. Beyond that history has shown that the real effect of a debate doesn’t really show up until a week or so after the debate. In two or more weeks when the election preference polls are updated to include five to ten days after the debate, then we will be able to really determine voter swings resulting from the debate.

Fox News’ Dana Blanton, the vice president of public-opinion research at Fox News, explained in the memo obtained by  Business Insider that “online ‘polls’ like the one on Drudge, Time, etc. where people can opt-in or self-select … are really just for…

Read the rest of the story at Jeff Dunetz’s blog The Lid

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Jeff Dunetz

Jeff Dunetz

Jeff is a Journalist, Blogger and one of the rare Jewish conservatives in a sea of north east liberal Jews (Thanksgiving dinner is a real pip). Jeff was honored with the 2014 Not For Profit Blogger of the Year award by the National Blogger's Club, is editor/publisher of The Lid (, contributing reporter at and Political Columnist for the newspaper, The Jewish Star.

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