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2016 Distilled

Are Polls Less Relevant Than Ever?

Feb 09, 2016 | 9 videos
Video by The Atlantic

What’s wrong with polls lately? Over the past couple years—both in the United States and abroad—election polling has seen a number of noteworthy failures. From the 2014 midterm elections to as recently as the 2016 Iowa caucuses, inaccurate polling results have undermined the credibility of once tried-and-tested survey methods.

What’s driving this trend of inaccuracy? Which polls can be trusted? The Atlantic’s Caty Green sits down with our polling expert Andrew McGill to find out.

Do you have a question about the election and how it all works? Ask us here.

Authors: Greyson Korhonen, Daniel Lombroso, Catherine Green

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Videos covering Election 2016 from The Atlantic's politics and policy team