Report: TV networks, AP cancel Nov. 6 exit poll in Rhode Island

Terrible news. Jon Cohen and Scott Clement report for The Washington Post:

Breaking from two decades of tradition, this year’s election exit poll is set to include surveys of voters in 31 states, not all 50 as it has for the past five presidential elections, according to multiple people involved in the planning.

Dan Merkle, director of elections for ABC News, and a member of the consortium that runs the exit poll, confirmed the shift Wednesday. The aim, he said, “is to still deliver a quality product in the most important states,” in the face of mounting survey costs.

The decision by the National Election Pool — a joint venture of the major television networks and The Associated Press — is sure to cause some pain to election watchers across the country. …

Here is a list of the states that will be excluded from coverage: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

Comparing this list with the election map, reveals how carefully the exit poll planners allocated resources. All 19 of the states with no exit polls are classified as either “solid Obama” or “solid Romney,” and there is only one “toss-up” gubernatorial or U.S. Senate race not on the list: the competitive North Dakota match-up of Heidi Heitkamp and Rick Berg.

Nesi’s Notes will be draped in black on Election Day.

3 thoughts on “Report: TV networks, AP cancel Nov. 6 exit poll in Rhode Island

  1. I will be draping my house in black if the current President gets re-elected..thank you for the idea…lol

    So what this article means is thet the BIG 3 will only be able to guess the Doherty and Langevin races until after our closing time and their early predictions will be inaccurate?

    • Oh ye of little faith!

      WPRI’s early predictions will be accurate – that’s why we have Joe Fleming – but they’ll be based on the vote returns as they come in after 8 p.m., much like our projections on primary night in September.

    • Steve, I don’t care if Obama wins, I want both houses of the Congress to go veto proof Republican. Maybe then those of us who are part of the 53% will see our taxes lowered, the national debt start to shrink, and the entitlement programs be elminated or at least reduced to 1999 levels. I want all my social security money that I have contributited and my employers have contributed on my behalf. I don’t want substance abusers collecting disablity.

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