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Dick Morris: Exit Polls Were "Juiced"

Reported by Marie Therese - November 4, 2004 -

On 11/3/04 Dick Morris said on The O'Reilly Factor that he thinks the exit polls were "juiced, i.e., fraudulently tilted towards Kerry. Here's a portion of that exchange betwen Morris and Mr. Bill "Falafel" O'Reilly.

MORRIS: And I was tracking it [the polling] and I saw that Bush was running 3% ahead of his 2000 pace, so I called my buddy, Chris Ruddy, at Newsmax and I told him it looked like Bush would win and had some conversations with the FOX News people. And the quesion I ask is: Do you know how hard it is to get an exit poll wrong? You really have to work at it.

(Note: Morris had earlier said that he first saw the poll results around 3:00 to 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon.)

MORRIS: Exit polling is by far the most accurate form of polling. In thirty years I've never seen an exit poll be wrong.

O'REILLY: So you think this was juiced?

MORRIS: Juiced. I use exit pollings in foreign campaigns as a check on the government's count...

O'REILLY (interrupts): Are you accusing ABC News of cooking their poll?

MORRIS: I'm accusing somebody of cooking those polls.

O'REILLY (feigning innocent surprise): Really?

MORRIS: Now they could be cooked by the pollster. They could have been by the network. They could have been by the Democratic Party flooding those polling places with specific voters at a certain time. But somehow or other there was a deliberate effort, in my judgment, to show Kerry farther ahead than he was to influence the Bush turnout in the rest of the country....

O'REILLY: Early in the day, early in the day.

MORRIS: ...so that the Pacific and Rocky Mountain voters didn't go out.

O'REILLY: Do you think you're gonna be able to prove this, because, if you do, they gotta be...


O'REILLY: ...a violation of the election commission....

MORRIS (interrupts): It's also a civil rights violation because it's an effect on the franchise. I think there oughta be a Congressional investigation of it. It's hard enough to see how they get one exit poll wrong. But to get ten of them wrong and to have the networks get 'em wrong? I've never seen an exit poll be wrong and, by the way, while the exit polls were wrong, the hard thing, the regular polls, were right.


Or, Dick, the Republicans cooked the polls to persuade west coast Kerry voters that Kerry was ahead to discourage them from voting.

Or, even more interesting, maybe the exit polls were absolutely correct and a whole lot of Kerry votes got destroyed, lost, eaten up or changed by paperless voting machines.

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