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In post-election survey, pollsters get bipartisan low marks

Television coverage of election night rated highest.

Published: November 10, 2020 12:09pm

Updated: November 10, 2020 9:58pm

Among Americans who voted, barely one-third have a positive opinion of the performance of public opinion pollsters over the course of the 2020 election cycle, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

Asked on their opinions of a variety of American institutions, just 34% of respondents say that pollsters did well during the cycle. A majority rated the industry as either "fair" or "poor."

Television network coverage of election night received the highest marks among respondents, capturing a majority of voters' approval. 

Thinking back on the coverage of Election 2020, how do you rate the performance of the following?
Just the News Daily Poll
With Scott Rasmussen

Though responses skewed partly along ideological lines, they did not always do so overwhelmingly: A rock-bottom 7% of Republican respondents rated pollsters as "excellent," but just 17% of Democrats felt that way too.

And 50% of Republicans, deemed pollsters' performance as "poor," while just 13% of Democrats felt that way.

The survey was made up of 1,200 registered voters and conducted by Rasmussen from Nov. 5-7, 2020. 

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