RE: Buchanan Palm Beach Statistics

From: Harvey Newstrom (
Date: Tue Nov 14 2000 - 15:47:56 MST

Michael S. Lorrey wrote,
> I don't believe in exit polls. They claim to pick a 'random'
> sample of voters to
> question, but its impossible for individual humans to pick other people
> randomly.

Excellent point, Mike. I support the scientific method of doing
double-blind studies. Why? Because unconscious biases work. Even if we
can't figure out how the results could be influenced, they somehow are.
Unless the humans don't know which way they want to skew the results, they
always skew the results.

In fact, the recount would be a lot more objective if they had a method of
covering the names so they couldn't tell who the vote was for. Then the
committee would decide if the hole is punched or not, without knowing which
candidate would benefit from each decision. I bet there would be a lot more
agreement in that case.

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