Opinion Polls vs Exit Polls

Posted In India, Politics - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Wednesday, May 13th, 2009 With 0 Comments






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Exit poll as the name suggests is the poll carried out when the voters exit from the polling booth. In other words, it is a kind of survey carried out by various non-governmental organisations (news channels, press etc.) to know about the possible outcome of the polls and made predictions based on the information collected. In this process the voters are enquired about the party they had voted for when they came out of the polling station/booth.

Opinion polls are the opinion of individuals before they have actually voted.

Some people get confused between exit polls and opinion polls. Actually, when voters are asked about the party they had voted for after they have given the vote, it is called exit poll. But, when voters are asked about the party they have decided to vote before they have actually voted, it is called opinion poll.

-NKJ