The National Exit Poll must match the official vote count - come hell or high water

 

TruthIsAll

 

Jan. 3, 2009

 

Assume you had the full set of the preliminary National Exit Poll results that showed Obama winning with a 57.8% vote share. As you suspected, more Kerry voters returned than did Bush voters. The results differ sharply from the official vote count that has Obama winning 52.34%. But the National Exit Poll must match the official vote count - come hell or high water. Itís standard operating procedure: pollsters alter exit poll data to be the same as the election results. How would you go about it?

 

2008 National Exit Poll (unadjusted)

There are two possibilities: you can adjust the returning voter mix and/or the individual vote shares.

 

2004†††††††††††† Mix†††††††††††††† Votes†††††††††† Obama†††††††††† McCain††††††† Other†††††††††† Obama†††††††† McCain††††††† Other

New††††††††††††† 15.8%†††††††††† 19.2†††††††††††††† 72.0%††††††††††††† 26.0%†††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 13.79††††††††††† 4.98††††††††††††† 0.38

Kerry††††††††††† 42.9%†††††††††† 52.0†††††††††††††† 89.8%††††††††††††† 8.2%†††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 46.66††††††††††† 4.29††††††††††††† 1.04

Bush†††††††††††† 40.4%†††††††††† 49.0†††††††††††††† 18.2%††††††††††††† 80.8%†††††††††† 1%††††††††††††††† 8.93††††††††††††† 39.61††††††††††† 0.49

Other††††††††††† 0.85%†††††††††† 1.0†††††††††††††††† 66.0%††††††††††††† 24.0%†††††††††† 10%††††††††††††† 0.68††††††††††††† 0.25††††††††††††† 0.10

 

Total††††††††††† 100%††††††††††† 121.21†††††††††† 57.80%††††††††††† 40.53%†††††††† 1.66%†††††††††† 70.06††††††††††† 49.12††††††††††† 2.02

 

You load the Excel Solver add-in program. It will determine the returning voter mix that will force the cross tab to match the recorded vote share - or at least get very close to it. It will find the required mix using a sophisticated goal-seeking algorithm. Itís just trial and error on steroids.

 

Solver needs the ranges for the return voter percentage mix and the corresponding vote shares to adjust until it matches the target (recorded) Obama vote share. It also needs to know the numerical constraints; the mix and share percentages must all be greater than zero and sum to 100%.

 

Now that Solver knows the target vote share and the range of percentages to adjust subject to the constraints, it can begin the search for the required mix and vote shares. Within seconds, it indicates that it has found the values needed to match the recorded 52.34% share.

 

2008 National Exit Poll (matched to the recorded vote)

 

1. Target the Obama vote share at 52.34%

 

2004†††††††††††† Mix††††††††††††††† Votes††††††††††† Obama†††††††††††† McCain††††††††† Other††††††††††† Obama††††††††† McCain††††††††† Other

New††††††††††††† 15.8%†††††††††† 19.2†††††††††††††† 71.0%††††††††††††† 27.0%†††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 13.61††††††††††† 5.17††††††††††††† 0.38

Kerry††††††††††† 38.5%†††††††††† 46.6†††††††††††††† 87.1%††††††††††††† 10.9%†††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 40.62††††††††††† 5.08††††††††††††† 0.93

Bush†††††††††††† 44.9%†††††††††† 54.4†††††††††††††† 15.7%††††††††††††† 83.3%†††††††††† 1%††††††††††††††† 8.54††††††††††††† 45.30††††††††††† 0.54

Other††††††††††† 0.85%†††††††††† 1.0†††††††††††††††† 66.0%††††††††††††† 24.0%†††††††††† 10%††††††††††††† 0.68††††††††††††† 0.25††††††††††††† 0.10

 

Total††††††††††† 100%††††††††††† 121.21†††††††††† 52.34%††††††††††† 46.03%†††††††† 1.62%†††††††††† 63.44††††††††††† 55.79††††††††††† 1.96

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Solver has determined that to match the recorded vote, the returning voter mix from the initial exit poll must be radically adjusted: an increase of 5.4 million more Bush voters and corresponding decrease in Kerry voters. Solver also reduced the Obama share of new voters (1%), returning Kerry voters (2.8%) and returning Bush voters (2.5%). But since the exit poll margin of error is 1.5%, the Obama shares of Kerry and Bush voters must be re-adjusted to fall within the MoE based on the original poll results.

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2. Adjust the Obama share of Kerry voters to 89% and Bush voters to 17%

 

2004†††††††††††† Mix††††††††††††††† Votes††††††††††† Obama†††††††††††† McCain††††††††† Other††††††††††† Obama††††††††† McCain††††††††† Other

New††††††††††††† 15.8%†††††††††† 19.2†††††††††††††† 71%†††††††††††††††† 27%††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 13.61††††††††††† 5.17††††††††††††† 0.38

Kerry††††††††††† 36.7%†††††††††† 44.4†††††††††††††† 89%†††††††††††††††† 9%††††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 39.54††††††††††† 4.00††††††††††††† 0.89

Bush†††††††††††† 46.7%†††††††††† 56.6†††††††††††††† 17%†††††††††††††††† 82%††††††††††††† 1%††††††††††††††† 9.62††††††††††††† 46.40††††††††††† 0.57

Other††††††††††† 0.85%†††††††††† 1.0†††††††††††††††† 66%†††††††††††††††† 24%††††††††††††† 10%††††††††††††† 0.68††††††††††††† 0.25††††††††††††† 0.10

 

Total††††††††††† 100%††††††††††† 121.21†††††††††† 52.34%††††††††††† 46.05%†††††††† 1.60%†††††††††† 63.44††††††††††† 55.82††††††††††† 1.94

 

But the required spread in the mix between returning Kerry and Bush voters has widened from 6.4% to 10.0% (7.8m to 12.2m votes).

Decrease the percentage of new voters to 13.0%. Increase the percentage of returning third-party voters to 4.0%.

 

3. Decrease the new vote mix to 13% and increase the mix of returning third-party voters to 4%

 

2004†††††††††††† Mix†††††††††††††† Votes†††††††††† Obama†††††††††† McCain††††††† Other†††††††††† Obama†††††††† McCain††††††† Other

New††††††††††††† 13.00%†††††††† 15.8†††††††††††††† 71%†††††††††††††††† 27%††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 11.19††††††††††† 4.25††††††††††††† 0.32

Kerry††††††††††† 36.62%†††††††† 44.4†††††††††††††† 89%†††††††††††††††† 9%††††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 39.50††††††††††† 3.99††††††††††††† 0.89

Bush†††††††††††† 46.38%†††††††† 56.2†††††††††††††† 17%†††††††††††††††† 82%††††††††††††† 1%††††††††††††††† 9.56††††††††††††† 46.10††††††††††† 0.56

Other††††††††††† 4.00%†††††††††† 4.8†††††††††††††††† 66%†††††††††††††††† 24%††††††††††††† 10%††††††††††††† 3.20††††††††††††† 1.16††††††††††††† 0.48

 

Total††††††††††† 100%††††††††††† 121.21†††††††††† 52.34%††††††††††† 45.79%†††††††† 1.86%†††††††††† 63.44††††††††††† 55.51††††††††††† 2.25

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Done. ButÖ10.16 million late votes have been recorded since Election Day; the vote count is 131.37 million.

Obama has won 59% of the late votes, increasing his vote share to 52.87%. Recalculate the mix.

 

4. The updated Final NEP (12/25/08):

 

2004†††††††††††† Mix†††††††††††††† Votes†††††††††† Obama†††††††††† McCain††††††† Other†††††††††† Obama†††††††† McCain††††††† Other

New††††††††††††† 13.00%†††††††† 17.1†††††††††††††† 71%†††††††††††††††† 27%††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 12.13††††††††††† 4.61††††††††††††† 0.34

Kerry††††††††††† 37.34%†††††††† 49.1†††††††††††††† 89%†††††††††††††††† 9%††††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 43.66††††††††††† 4.42††††††††††††† 0.98

Bush†††††††††††† 45.66%†††††††† 60.0†††††††††††††† 17%†††††††††††††††† 82%††††††††††††† 1%††††††††††††††† 10.20††††††††††† 49.19††††††††††† 0.60

Other††††††††††† 4.00%†††††††††† 5.3†††††††††††††††† 66%†††††††††††††††† 24%††††††††††††† 10%††††††††††††† 3.47††††††††††††† 1.26††††††††††††† 0.53

 

Total††††††††††† 100%††††††††††† 131.37†††††††††† 52.87%††††††††††† 45.27%†††††††† 1.86%†††††††††† 69.46††††††††††† 59.47††††††††††† 2.45

 

But the Final NEP is not feasible. The returning voter mix required to match the recorded vote is mathematically impossible.

 

5. This result is feasible. But the returning voter mix is based on an implausible recorded 2004 vote:

 

2004†††††††††††† Mix†††††††††††††† Votes†††††††††† Obama†††††††††† McCain††††††† Other†††††††††† Obama†††††††† McCain††††††† Other

New††††††††††††† 15.85%†††††††† 20.8†††††††††††††† 71%†††††††††††††††† 27%††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 14.79††††††††††† 5.62††††††††††††† 0.42

Kerry††††††††††† 40.40%†††††††† 53.1†††††††††††††† 89%†††††††††††††††† 9%††††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 47.24††††††††††† 4.78††††††††††††† 1.06

Bush†††††††††††† 42.90%†††††††† 56.4†††††††††††††† 17%†††††††††††††††† 82%††††††††††††† 1%††††††††††††††† 9.58††††††††††††† 46.21††††††††††† 0.56

Other††††††††††† 0.85%†††††††††† 1.1†††††††††††††††† 66%†††††††††††††††† 24%††††††††††††† 10%††††††††††††† 0.74††††††††††††† 0.27††††††††††††† 0.11

 

Total††††††††††† 100%††††††††††† 131.37†††††††††† 55.07%††††††††††† 43.30%†††††††† 1.64%†††††††††† 72.34††††††††††† 56.88††††††††††† 2.15

 

6. This result is more likely. The returning voter mix is based on the unadjusted 2004 state exit poll aggregate:

 

2004†††††††††††† Mix†††††††††††††† Votes†††††††††† Obama†††††††††† McCain††††††† Other†††††††††† Obama†††††††† McCain††††††† Other

New††††††††††††† 15.85%†††††††† 20.8†††††††††††††† 71%†††††††††††††††† 27%††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 14.79††††††††††† 5.62††††††††††††† 0.42

Kerry††††††††††† 44.00%†††††††† 57.8†††††††††††††† 89%†††††††††††††††† 9%††††††††††††††† 2%††††††††††††††† 51.44††††††††††† 5.20††††††††††††† 1.16

Bush†††††††††††† 39.30%†††††††† 51.6†††††††††††††† 17%†††††††††††††††† 82%††††††††††††† 1%††††††††††††††† 8.78††††††††††††† 42.34††††††††††† 0.52

Other††††††††††† 0.85%†††††††††† 1.1†††††††††††††††† 66%†††††††††††††††† 24%††††††††††††† 10%††††††††††††† 0.74††††††††††††† 0.27††††††††††††† 0.11

 

Total††††††††††† 100%††††††††††† 131.37†††††††††† 57.66%††††††††††† 40.67%†††††††† 1.68%†††††††††† 75.75††††††††††† 53.42††††††††††† 2.20

 

 

-The Final NEP indicates that 2004 third-party voters comprised 4% (5.3m) of the 131.37 million who voted in 2008.But there were only 1.2m third-party voters in 2004.

 

-Bush won by an official 62-59 million votes. But returning Bush voters comprised 46% (60.0m) and Kerry voters just 37% (49.1m) Ė a 10.9 million spread.

 

- According to voter mortality tables, approximately 3 million Bush voters died prior to the 2008 election. But even assuming 100% Bush voter turnout in 2008, at most 59 million could have voted. Realistically, approximately 95% (56m) voted.Therefore, the Final NEP overstated the number of returning Bush voters by 4 million. And thatís a conservative number since it assumes that the recorded vote was equal to the True vote.

 

-According to the unadjusted 2004 state exit poll aggregate, Kerry won by 52-47% (63.6-57.5m). If the aggregate reflected the True vote, then the 2008 NEP overstated the number of returning Bush voters by 9 million.

 

The Final National Exit Poll anomalies should have been reported by the media. But the NY Times, CNN, ABC, the Washington Post commissioned the NEP.The impossible results will remain official. Otherwise, the public would know that Obama really won by more than 20 million votes. Thatís too big a mandate; he would be compelled to enact a progressive agenda. More important, the Corporate Media does not want the public to know that Bushco stole both elections and that the same Final NEP anomalies existed in 2004.