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In Praise of Half Measures
Weekly Standard, by Yuval Levin

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/25/2012 5:12:45 AM

As soon as the presidential election was over and the exit polling results began to pour in, some on the right (and many outside it) started arguing that the Republican party needed to change its tune on immigration. To avoid being left behind by the country’s changing demographics, the argument goes, the GOP must vastly improve its appeal to Hispanic voters, and the way to do this is to hop on the bandwagon of “comprehensive immigration reform,” which means a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants now in our country illegally, greater openness to more legal immigration,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MOSwas71331, 11/25/2012 11:22:25 AM     (No. 9033024)

These exit "polls" give quite detailed results about the races and religions of the people voting and why the voters in the various groups preferred one result over the other. To gather such results I´d expect the persons questioned would have to spend some time answering those questions.

Well, I have a few questions.

1. Many voters used mail-in ballots, so they never exited a polling place. Were any of them questioned, presumably by phone?

2. We use secret ballots when we vote in national elections. Wouldn´t some of the voters approached by a polling questioner respond with "None of your [expletive]ing business"? The polls don´t explain how they "adjust" the poll results to reflect the preferences of voters who won´t answer their questions.

3. How does the poll know when the person questioned intentionally gives false answers for his / her actual race, religion, or why he / she prefers one election outcome over another? Does the poll "adjust" the results when the questioner suspects some answers are unreliable? [I suspect some pro-abortion people falsely claim to be Catholics to give the impression many Catholics favor abortion.]

4. How many voters overall and how many in each race / religion group were questioned? And what was the state by state break down of those voters? [Do the 5 Asians questioned in, say, Colorado accurately represent the 6000+ Asians living in Colorado?]

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