Presidential historian Allan Lichtman calls for end of election polling

Presidential historian Allan Lichtman calls for end of election polling 1

 

U.S. presidential historian Allan Lichtman explains why he wants horse-race election polling to end.

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51 Comments on "Presidential historian Allan Lichtman calls for end of election polling"

  1. Zachary Oliver | November 4, 2020 at 12:19 PM | Reply

    I stand with the Poles. This anti-Polish rhetoric is appalling!

  2. landslide voting polls are designed to dissuade voters from getting out and voting for there underdog party.

    • It can hurt both sides. Imagine if the polls said Democrats were leading by 15%…do you think their would be more or less democrats who would go out of their way to vote? Their would be less, because they would feel their vote is not required, that it’s an easy win.

      Also if polls say Democrats are winning by just a slight margin, it’s more likely to get the Republican voters out there, since they have a chance of changing the outcome. I agree with the historian, polls should not be part of elections. You shouldn’t vote or not vote based on who’s leading or not. Everyone should vote and vote based on their convictions and not polls.

    • Exactly

    • @Speedytrip Agreeing with you.

  3. humanforotherhumans | November 4, 2020 at 12:32 PM | Reply

    Polling is a fraud and I have been thinking of creating a petition eliminating political polls.

  4. polls are now broken for a generation, never trust them again

  5. Jonathan Jollimore | November 4, 2020 at 12:46 PM | Reply

    Yup the American system is in a mess and needs changing

    • it works perfectly fine fore 1 side hehe they been rigging the counties to make it easier to win with every election they win. it would be hard to change without a full one sided win

    • Jonathan Jollimore | November 4, 2020 at 1:02 PM | Reply

      @elearne j What side the one that keep losing the popular vote but win anyway or the side that wins the popular vote and keeps losing?

    • @Jonathan Jollimore Like what happened in Canada last election? Popular vote means little.

    • Allegra Williams | November 4, 2020 at 1:53 PM | Reply

      Exactly! A lot needs to change in that country starting with their constitution. Laws are a guideline but can never stay sane hence presidents being set or addendums then qualifications in politics, two main party thus no other party helping put in checks and balances, useless electoral college which again put in place for bias and the list goes on. Then, unsophisticated voting populous who are easily fooled all boggles the mind.

    • Tjat is what Trump was trying to do….eliminate elections by declaring himself to be a dictator.

  6. It’s not just the polls that stink, but also their entire voting system as a whole… America really needs to move on from “first past the post” and bring something else to the table.

    • time to turn on Skynet.

    • janine wetzler | November 4, 2020 at 5:11 PM | Reply

      @Based Canadian Has nothing to do with a vote counting racist electoral college system. Get rid of the electoral college

    • janine wetzler | November 4, 2020 at 5:13 PM | Reply

      @IXOYE No, we have a very secure system in Canada, not based on 3/4 of a human counted if you owned them…that history is enough to get rid of the electoral college.

    • @Based Canadian Yup. It certainly isn’t a democracy. More of an autocracy – and if Trump wins – an oligarchy. Glad I live in a proper democracy. One person, one vote, counted equally.

    • Shao Yu Mai Wang | November 4, 2020 at 6:26 PM | Reply

      @Kitty Even Republicans aren’t explaining things as well as you are. This mail-in crap is way too easy to corrupt.

  7. It’s soo messed up how sad America has fallen.

  8. Polls are for strippers.

  9. Johnna Campbell | November 4, 2020 at 2:10 PM | Reply

    Polls are done! Never to be trusted ever again, in this lifetime

    • Caravan Darkness | November 4, 2020 at 5:33 PM | Reply

      But they call 1000 boomer’s with cable television and ask them who they vote for. The one’s who say Trump are cut in half then divided by three.

  10. Polling has turned into soft voter suppression.

  11. Take the power away from politicians.
    Anyone should be able to propose bills.
    Wtp should approve the bills through referendum.

  12. some nice partisan reporting.

  13. Thank you, Allan Lichtman!

  14. This lesson shows the significance of poll watchers and the mail in ballots.

  15. The Tree of Liberty needs nutrients.

  16. MR. BLueITAChi | November 4, 2020 at 5:33 PM | Reply

    We are sick of electoral college BS enough of IT

  17. He’s right. Polls suck and are about as effective as astrology.

  18. It’s all rigged just think it’s even worse in Canada

  19. seriously, I am just here for the Canadian chic. she’s quite an eye-candy, isn’t she?

  20. Oh yes!
    Dump electoral polling, and
    Dump the Electoral College.

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