A Pollster’s New Year’s Resolutions and What We Learned from Mark Twain

Well, it’s a new year and two months have elapsed since the November elections, two months in which we have had time to assess what happened and take in much of the post-election analysis as well. Frankly, the miscues and misguided analysis that plagued the pre-election coverage of the Presidential race seem alive and well in the ensuing post-election coverage.

We thought it might be helpful to break down a few aspects of the election, what hindsight offers and provide some advice on avoiding the pitfalls of the instant punditry that continues to get it wrong. Of course, we realize that as pollsters our credibility may be suspect given the conventional post-election wisdom. But here are some New Year’s resolutions you might find worth considering: CONT.

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