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Wed October 31, 2012
Sandy Inturrupts Political Polling, Too
Candidate campaigning wasn’t the only political activity thrown for a loop by Hurricane Sandy, pollsters also had to take a break in New Hampshire and elsewhere.
Speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Frank Newport said they put their national tracking poll on hold because too many people on the East Coast wouldn’t be picking up their phones.
Newport: we want to be very careful because it’s better to have no poll at all I think than to have a poll that has the potential to be misleading.
Andy Smith with the UNH Survey Center says his operation canceled one study they were working on in Connecticut, but would try to get back in the field in New Hampshire tonight.
Smith: We’re going be paying attention to that very closely in the next few days to see what kind of responses we get from those houses with those fast busy signals.
Smith says he thinks by tonight and tomorrow enough houses will have regained power in New Hampshire that polling won’t be affected going into the end of the week.