Community shares thoughts on 2017 General Election polls

Community shares thoughts on pre-election polls

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- The advertisements are ramping up, and the poll results are coming in; it's easy to tell we're just a day away from election Tuesday.

The latest poll is projecting a very tight race for governor. So, what do these poll means and what do people think of all the predictions?

“It obviously depends on the integrity of the poll, and how they’re conducting their poll,” said Joshua Witkowski, who voted absentee.

Realclearpolitics.com pulls information together from several polls to make their election predictions. The website shows a range of wins, losses, and ties in Virginia.

“I think it’s a good tool to be informed on what everyone else thinks,” said Virginia resident David Asbury.

Some people we spoke with said their perspective on polls is a little tainted by the last election.

“You saw good polling data for Hillary and then a major upset there,” said Witkowski.

Asbury added, “Even last year nationally [polls] were correct to an extent if you take the aggregate, but turn out is turn out and it depends on who turns out and who doesn’t.”

Political Science Major Anthony Scurria said he thinks poll sampling is not accurate. He said, “you can most definitely say they did not get that right.”

Every person we met on the street told us they are taking polls with a grain of salt, regardless on the poll and its numbers.

“I hope more people get out and vote,” said Asbury.

A poll from 'Roanoke College' found that Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie are tied at 47 percent apiece. A recent 'Quinnipiac University' poll shows Gillespie trailing Northam by about 8 points. For now, the 'CNU Wason Center' predicts Northam leads 50 to 43 percent.

The CNU Wason center released their final poll Monday morning.

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