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National Poll Inaccuracies Explained By Vanderbilt Professor

Posted at 10:37 PM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 06:43:29-05

Donald Trump’s election surprised many this week, but one surprise people are also curious about with the election results this year is just how inaccurate almost every tracking poll was ahead of Tuesday's results.

Vanderbilt University history professor Thomas Schwarz says most all the polls underestimated the number of white working class voters who cast ballots this year.

He says voters did also not want to admit to pollsters they'd be voting for Trump, likely because of statements he made that some viewed as racist or sexist.

Schwartz says there’s no question that pollsters have work to do to earn back the public's trust.

“This has been a very public repudiation of the polling industry, it certainly will hurt them for a time,” Schwartz said.

Schwartz says once polling models improve, the public's confidence will likely return.