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Why Latino groups are challenging exit poll data

by AirTalk®

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Hispanic voters go to the polls for early voting at the Miami-Dade Government Center on October 21, 2004 in Miami, Florida. Gaston De Cardenas/Getty Images

As part of a string of surprises this election season, Edison Research, a leading exit poll company, showed that nearly 30 percent of Latinos voted for Trump.

But a coalition of Latino groups are disputing the results, and turning to pre-election data with much lower numbers supporting the president-elect. In particular, the coalition cites the Latino Decisions Election Eve Poll taken from November 4 to 7, which only showed 18 percent of Latinos supported Trump.

According to a recent POLITICO article, representatives of Edison Research, which conducts exit polls for various news outlets, has stood by the company’s results. Executive Vice President Joe Lenski claims that Edison’s polls better reflect the national landscape of Hispanic voters than the Latino Decisions poll.

But Latino Decisions representatives argue that Edison’s exit polls don’t give a fair representation of concentrated Hispanic communities.     

Larry speaks to Co-Founder of Latino Decisions Gary Segura and professor of political science, Francisco Pedraza, to get his take on the accuracy of exit polls and Latino voters.

*Note: AirTalk reached out to Edison Research, but their Executive Vice President Joe Lenski declined the interview due to a prior commitment.


Gary M. Segura, co-founder and senior partner of the polling firm Latino Decisions

Francisco Pedraza, assistant professor of public policy and political science at UC Riverside

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