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Don't you dare trust the polls

Don't you dare trust the polls

Over the weekend, I talked to numerous New Hampshirites who don't have much respect, to say the least, for the science of opinion polling. Many told me they either don't answer the phone at all or lie to the pollsters. “If someone calls me from the [Ted] Cruz campaign,” one man told me, “I say I'm for [Marco] Rubio.” But, if the Rubio campaign calls, he's all in for Cruz, or Ben Carson or Donald Trump.

Conversations with local Republican Party pooh-bahs and fellow journalists invading New Hampshire only corroborated my sense that large numbers of people are messing with the pollsters and politicians — and just maybe the pundits, too.

Of course I may be entirely wrong. Such...

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