Winning channel, losing pollster

IN Media Watch Briefs | 08/11/2015

By 11 am on November 8 there were two clear media outcomes. CNN IBN which had been calling itself the election headquarters just as Times Now had, was the clear leader among channels, with far more leads at a given time than the others. It called the Bihar elections  just after 10 am on the basis of far more leads that India Today. And Today’s Chanakya which had predicted 150 plus for the BJP was the clear loser among pollsters. The figures  promised to be quite the reverse. Pollsters in general got this election wrong.


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Clearly, the run to the 2019 elections is on. A journalist received a call from someone saying they were from Aajtak channel and were conducting a survey, asking whom she was going to vote for in 2019. On being told that her vote was secret, the caller assumed she wasn't going to vote for 'Modiji'. The caller, a woman, also didn't identify herself. A month or two earlier the same journalist received a call, this time from a man, asking if she was going to vote for the BSP.                 

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