Polling vs. Frankenstorm: How The Weather May Cloud Election Picture
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With Hurricane Sandy potentially set to hit wide swaths of the East Coast, Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of the Gallup poll, suggested Friday that the hurricane could impair his company's ability to conduct its national tracking poll, among the most widely followed sources of polling data on the presidential race between Republican nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama.
Newport, appearing on MSNBC's "Jansing & Co.," responded to a question from Chris Jansing about the potential impact of the storm on Gallup's polling by saying, "It affects us, because if a sizable hunk of the country can't communicate -- power's out or they're disrupted -- then that can affect our national estimate. So you're right, we might have to stop polling for the days when the storm hits, unfortunately."
In response to an inquiry from The Huffington Post, Newport said that Gallup was monitoring the situation and that while he couldn't provide much more specific information, the key t
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