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Looking at final estimates of the outcome of the 2020 U.S. presidential race, 93% of national polls overstated the Democratic candidate’s support among voters, while nearly as many (88%) did so in 2016.
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The real environment in which polls are conducted bears little resemblance to the idealized settings presented in textbooks.
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