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In the endClinton won The failure of the last-minute polls in Britain to accurately call the general election of and again in the Brexit referendum in Juneprovides some insights for the US presidential election.
The failure prompted the British Polling Council to set up an inquiry into what went wrong. Four possible explanations outlined in their preliminary reportpublished in Januaryof what went wrong in Britain may be relevant to the US presidential election: Late swing Late swing refers to the possibility that some voters opted for Trump rather than Clinton at the last minute, but that this was not captured in polls which took place in the field before it happened.
Two of the three polls published on the election day put Trump in the lead. This suggests that there may have been a last-minute swing to Trump.
Sampling problems Sampling issues relate to whether or not the surveys were actually representative of the wider electorate. Most internet surveys use a form of quota sampling in which polling agencies try to replicate the characteristics of the US electorate by including certain numbers of blacks, women, young people and so on.
This approach can fail to include hard-to-reach groups such as older people not connected to the internet or those living in rural areas. Random samples pre-select individuals using probability theory and so are more likely to be accurate, since everyone in the electorate has a chance, albeit very small, of being chosen for interview.
But random sample surveys cost time and money, so they are not a feasible method for conducting last-minute polls. Telephone polls do use a system of random digit dialling done by computer to identify potential respondents. Since this is a random sampling method it should, on the face of it, be more accurate than quota samples.
The problem is that pollsters have to call many people before they can get someone willing to talk to them. Overall, it is possible the final polls may have excluded Trump supporters if many of them were in hard-to-reach groups. Herding behaviour Herding behaviour occurs when a survey agency appears to be out of line with its competitors and so it readjusts its weighting schemes in order to bring its results back into line.
All pollsters use weighting schemes to compensate for biases in the sampling and these vary between agencies. So while we are not sure if herding did occur between pollsters, it may well have been a problem. This phenomenon has long been recognised and occurs for a number of reasons.
Were the silent majority too shy to say so? There is evidence in Britain to suggest that people are more likely to lie to pollsters than in the past. This may very well be happening in the US too, simply as a consequence of so many surveys being conducted by market research companies and on the internet.
These unmotivated respondents may well be more likely to lie than the rest. The fact that the polls have had a bad run in forecasting elections in Britain and the US in recent years does not of course mean that we should abandon polling altogether, or ban polls from being published prior to elections.
Rather we need to improve the methodology and try to understand the factors which are causing problems more clearly. The only alternative to polling for finding out what the public thinks is anecdotes and hunches from commentators — and they are very unlikely to improve things.Home / Analytics / Polls Got the Election Wrong; Some Analytic Models Got It Right.
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