Elections

Gallup suspends polling because of Hurricane Sandy

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport has announced that the polling firm will suspend polling on Monday.

“Gallup has suspended polling for its daily tracking as of Monday night and will reassess on a day-to-day basis,” Newport wrote in a statement posted on Gallup’s website.

“The ultimate effect on the overall picture of polling between now and this weekend, including election polling, will depend on what happens as a result of the storm, about which we will have a better understanding of on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week,” Newport added.

Monday’s daily presidential tracking poll shows Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney leading President Barack Obama among likely voters, 51 percent to 46 percent. Among registered voters, the candidates are tied at 48 percent.

Nate Silver, who writes for the New York Times’ FiveThirtyEight election blog, reported that the newspaper Investors Business Daily has also suspended polling due to the hurricane.

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