Letter: Pollsters or dolesters?

December 15, 2000

Pollsters and journalists despair because they failed to predict the outcome of the United States presidential elections ("Red faces over White House forecast fiasco", THES, November 17). Perhaps they should all give up and find new jobs. If a sample of 100 per cent (the election itself) fails to predict who will be in the Oval Office, what chance is there for anything smaller?

Terry Edwards Services officer, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

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