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Pollster Frank Luntz Declares His Profession Is Pretty Much Dead

Veteran pollster Frank Luntz, contemplating his industry’s major misses in a second consecutive presidential election, declared his profession “done.”

The results of a highly contentious race between President Trump and Democrat nominee Joe Biden have Luntz feeling a little dismayed, especially when polls seemed to be indicating an easy win for the challenger for months.

“The political polling profession is done,” Luntz told Axios earlier today. “It is devastating for my industry.”

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In a separate interview with Fox News, Luntz said it is “unforgivable” that public opinion surveys failed to correct the mistakes of 2016 and again underestimated support for President Trump.

 

Frank Luntz: Polls Are Done

Luntz attempted to explain away the huge misses by several prominent polls in the 2020 election.

Mainly, that supporters of the President love to mess with those conducting the surveys.

“Trump voters are hostile to pollsters because they think the pollsters want to make them look bad.  They wear it as a badge of honor that they refuse to cooperate and refuse to be interviewed,” he asserted.

“As a result, measuring the breadth of support for Donald Trump is tricky,” Luntz claimed. “But to get it wrong twice in a row by huge margins is unforgivable.”

 

Pollsters Shamed Relentlessly After Trump Turnout

Public flogging of feckless pollsters was the theme throughout election night as number after number, prediction after prediction proved their incompetence.

RealClearPolitics President Tom Bevan took a shot at New York Times/Siena polling efforts with a backhanded blast of FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver.

Bevan tweeted “Great job” while listing six battleground states in which the polls were off on support for Biden by wide margins.

 

Radio host Buck Sexton joked that the title of “pollster” has as much clout in today’s political world as “journalist” or “fact-checker.”

 

Univision suffered a particularly embarrassing shaming for missing the mark on Cuban support for President Trump in Florida.

 

Sean Davis, a co-founder of The Federalist, blasted Quinnipiac as a “garbage” firm after they were off in Ohio by 12 points.

 

Even Yoko Ono’s kid seemed to grasp the failure of the pollsters, smacking them with a ‘learn to code’ blast.

 

Luntz Called His Shot And Failed Miserably

Luntz admitting that the pollsters ‘got it wrong twice in a row by huge margins’ is an important thing to note.

After all, he hinted earlier in the week that this couldn’t possibly happen and if it did, it would mean the end of his profession.

“Well, I hate to acknowledge it, because that’s my industry — at least partially — but the public will have no faith. No confidence. Right now, the biggest issue is the trust deficit,” he explained prior to ballots being cast.

“And pollsters did not do a good job in 2016,” Luntz admitted. “So if Donald Trump surprises people, if Joe Biden had a 5- or 6-point lead, my profession is done.”

 

While President Trump hasn’t won the election and may not, in the end, the polling professionals clearly got things wrong once again.

Trump clearly outperformed their estimates in nearly every crucial state.

Read more at the Political Insider

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker, FoxNews.com, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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