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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.

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Authors: Greyson Korhonen, Daniel Lombroso, Catherine Green

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