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Sandy Inturrupts Political Polling, Too

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Candidate campaigning wasn’t the only political activity thrown for a loop by Hurricane Sandy, pollsters also had to take a break in New Hampshire and elsewhere.

Speaking on NHPR’s the Exchange, Editor-in-Chief of Gallup Frank Newport said they put their national tracking poll on hold because too many people on the East Coast wouldn’t be picking up their phones.

Newport: we want to be very careful because it’s better to have no poll at all I think than to have a poll that has the potential to be misleading.

Andy Smith with the UNH Survey Center says his operation canceled one study they were working on in Connecticut, but would try to get back in the field in New Hampshire tonight.

Smith: We’re going be paying attention to that very closely in the next few days to see what kind of responses we get from those houses with those fast busy signals.

Smith says he thinks by tonight and tomorrow enough houses will have regained power in New Hampshire that polling won’t be affected going into the end of the week.

Sam Evans-Brown has been working for New Hampshire Public Radio since 2010, when he began as a freelancer. He shifted gears in 2016 and began producing Outside/In, a podcast and radio show about “the natural world and how we use it.” His work has won him several awards, including two regional Edward R. Murrow awards, one national Murrow, and the Overseas Press Club of America's award for best environmental reporting in any medium. He studied Politics and Spanish at Bates College, and before reporting was variously employed as a Spanish teacher, farmer, bicycle mechanic, ski coach, research assistant, a wilderness trip leader and a technical supporter.

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