Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What Can the Exit Poll Tell us About the Kenyan Voter?

Exit polls, surveys taken of voters as they leave polling centers, provide the most comprehensive information on the issues, perceptions and attitudes that matter to voters selecting candidates for office. They are used worldwide to help scholars, politicians, parties and citizens understand these important characteristics of the electorate. First and foremost, exit polls seek to understand what determines why a person votes the way they do. What factors, including demographic characteristics and evaluations of government, contribute to the choice that citizens in a democracy make about their elected leaders? These matters are especially important in Kenya, where the transition to democracy has been long and hard-fought.

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