Students gather exit poll research on Election Day

Political science students spent election day participating in a research project focused on determining how informed voters felt before they voted, what issues resonated with voters, where they got their information, and what motivated them to vote.

The Dominican students, using a specially designed I-Pad application, asked voters a series of questions focused on voting preferences and key issues that influenced their vote. The students were stationed outside three Marin County precincts from 8 a.m. until polls closed.

Students collected data in order to understand how exit polls are conducted and reported, said Alison Howard, chair of Political Science and International Studies at Dominican.

This is the second exit poll research Dominican has participated in on Election Day.

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“Exit polls are a valuable resource for examining the electorate and their preferences and can tell researchers, campaign strategists, and the general public what voters are thinking and how they are making their decisions during a given election,” Howard said.

“Getting the most accurate reflection of the electorate on Election Day is important for both projections and for research. It will ultimately shape future campaigns.”

The exit poll project is an assignment in Dominican’s “State and Local Politics” and “Research Methods” courses. The students were directed by Dr. David Selby and Dr. Joshua Green in the Department of Political Science and International Studies in the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.