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Have you ever been interviewed for an exit poll after you've voted? Do you know anyone who has?

If you answered "no" to these questions, you might wonder about the reliability of the exit polls that major news outlets keep quoting.

Though we've heard much about the kinds of voters that supposedly voted for Trump or Clinton in the recent election, we hear little about the sources of this info.

Take a listen, then, to a presentation by Sumi Cho, a law professor at the DePaul University College of Law.

Cho, who teaches courses on racism and employment discrimination, criticizes dominant exit poll surveys, saying that they aren't designed to represent certain demographics—such as immigrant voters.

In her comments, Cho:

  • Describes the practices of mainstream pollsters that bias exit poll results.
  • Says that mainstream pollsters capture too small a sample, so overlook the diversity of views within particular communities.
  • Says that the dominant exit polls over-represent Republican voters.

Cho spoke in the Nov. 11, 2016 Webinar, "Social Justice SOS: What Happened, What's Coming and Why We Must Join Together Against Hate," presented by the African American Policy Forum. Length 4.3 minutes.

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