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The Polls Were Supposed To Be Fixed After 2016. What Happened?

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Noah Adamitis Associate Editor
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Polls have been the object of scorn for the past four years after many of them completely failed to predict President Donald Trump’s 2016 election. Some have said that the 2020 election would be different, as pollsters would have time and reason to fix their methods. They don’t seem to have done so.

Some of the more notable misses include the Maine Senate race where incumbent Republican Sen. Susan Collins retained her seat against Democratic challenger Sara Gideon. The last four Senate polls conducted in the state had Gideon leading by six, four, seven and one points respectively. Collins would go on to win by almost nine points.