WHENEVER elections are held, interest always grows in exit poll results. When they are released, they give the first indication of who will be victorious – here’s the lowdown on how they work. What is an exit poll? They are surveys of a small proportion of voters leaving polling stations across the UK. Researchers ask which party the the individual voted for, as well as their age, race and gender. The form is completed anonymously and placed in a ballot box. It is primarily used to calculate turnout and electoral swing, the extent of change in voter support compared to last election. Data can’t be released before the polls have closed. Are they accurate? Due to only a small sample of voters filling out questionnaires, those doing so are likely to be younger, so this may skewer results. Also, voters head to the polls at different times so a single exit poll may not give a true reflection of the overall outlook of the national vote. However, pollsters tend to return to the same polling stations at the same times at each election. And by comparing these results it is possible to work out how voting has changed in that particular constituency…. Read full this story
- Exit polls: Opposition appears to be winning Slovakia vote
- Netanyahu projected to win Israeli election, but exit polls suggest bloc just short of majority
- Netanyahu's Likud Party Leading in Israeli Election - Exit Polls
- Live updates: Exit poll shows a debacle for ruling coalition
- Israeli exit polls show election victory within Netanyahu's grasp
- Foreign media praise OĽaNO's exit poll victory
- Super Tuesday Exit Polls and What They Could Mean
- Super Tuesday exit polls: Highlights from the race
- General election 2019: Boris Johnson vows to 'forge a new Britain'
- Israel election: Netanyahu claims victory after exit polls show narrow lead
What is an exit poll, how are they used in local and general elections and are they accurate? have 297 words, post on www.thesun.co.uk at May 4, 2018. This is cached page on Drudgereport. If you want remove this page, please contact us.