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Early Exit Polls

Maybe we should reconsider publishing them. I’ve favored it, in the past, when the alternative has been a kind of media paternalism. But the reason I think we should consider not doing it in the future is not some goo-goo civics reason–I don’t think we’re under an obligation not to publish things that might depress turnout. It’s that the exit polls seem to be so bad that they don’t constitute actual information. We don’t tend to write about Internet polls on the Corner because we know they’re garbage. Time to say the same thing about early exit polls?

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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