Pollsters predicted a much higher vote for Joe Biden, including in Florida, where workers at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Office in Largo process voters’ ballots on Nov. 3.
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Pollster Bud Roper once said of his field that "a good deal more than half is art and ... less than half is science." After the 2020 polls got a lot wrong, is it time for more candor from pollsters?
Observation des résultats de l'élection présidentielle le soir de l'élection dans la communauté de retraités de The Villages, en Floride.
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Les sondages prédisaient une « vague bleue » qui ne s’est pas concrétisée.
Watching the presidential election returns on election night in retirement community of The Villages, Florida.
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Polls predicted a 'blue wave' that didn't materialize.
Voters wait to cast their ballots Tuesday at Johnston Elementary School in the Wilkinsburg neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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An expert on the history of polling has a first take on how pollsters did this year.
Supporters on election night 2016 at a Hillary Clinton party, when it became clear poll-based forecasts had been off target.
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Polling is an imperfect attempt at providing insight and explanation. But the public's desire for insight and explanation about elections never ends, so polls endure despite their flaws and failures.
Will Trump voters – like these at a rally, waving goodbye to him as he leaves – defy the polls and send him back to the White House?
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Polling shows Joe Biden with a large lead over Donald Trump nationally in the presidential race. But there are many ways that presidential race polling has gone wrong in the past, and could do so now.
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Presidential pollsters in the US have had some embarrassing failures. Here's a catalog of those miscalls, from the scholar who literally wrote the book on them.
Legendary New York City columnist Jimmy Breslin, right, ready to do shoe-leather journalistic research in a bar, said preelection polls were “monstrous frauds.”
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There was a time when well-known journalists resented preelection polls and didn’t mind saying so. One even said he felt “secret glee and relief when the polls go wrong.” Why did they feel this way?
Twitter mediates so much in the public sphere that weak points at the company are weak points in society.
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Hackers demonstrated they can take over Twitter's technology infrastructure, a brazen move that hints at how such an attack could destabilize society.
President John F. Kennnedy personally bid the first Peace Corps volunteers farewell.
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The agency's earliest ad campaigns emphasized youthful idealism, patriotism and travel opportunities. That was an easier sell than urging Americans to enlist in an anti-communist operation.
What’s got four legs, a wet nose and can help us laugh through the crisis?
It isn't wrong to laugh at coronavirus comedy. Rather a chortle here and there will help us through the crisis, and it may even help spread vital information and give comfort to those in need.
The pandemic is increasing society’s reliance on digital connections.
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Much of the world is moving online in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Society's newly increased dependence on the internet is bringing the need for good cyber policy into sharp relief.
Elements of smart homes, including thermostats, may be vulnerable to hackers.
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Co-opting internet-connected devices could disrupt transportation systems on Election Day, stymie political campaigns, or help make information warfare more credible.
President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally on Jan. 28 in Wildwood, New Jersey.
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In a survey, Trump supporters showed the lowest faith in the Supreme Court, the federal government, the media and other pillars of society.
The PSA star, deployed in the wild.
The iconic advertising campaign originated as a way to protect the nation from its WWII enemies. Today, critics are asking if it's causing harm as well as good.
Documentary filmmaker Janet Jarman works on her film about midwives in Mexico.
Gone are the support, preparation and security typically granted to staff correspondents.
Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973.
How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?
Apakah orang-orang ini menderita gangguan - atau hanya bersenang-senang?
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Hanya karena seseorang menikmati aktivitas rekreasional bukan berarti mereka kecanduan terhadap hal tersebut, meskipun mereka menghabiskan waktu yang banyak untuk melakukannya.
Even as he decries the news media, President Donald Trump actively seeks its approval.
Trump despises the media and says it's a threat to the American people. Yet the White House's daily newsletter scours the US to find good press, touting even tiny bits of praise from local newspapers.
H.F. ‘Gerry’ Lenfest, left, donated tens of millions of dollars to sustain Philadelphia’s newspapers.
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Without credible news and information, a healthy democracy is not possible.