Do surveys jeopardize our democracy?
Surveys are integral parts of any political campaign. However, they can be dead wrong, as with Brexit or Donald Trump, major events that the polling companies have been unable to predict.
Pollsters sometimes use questionable methods: respondents being paid to lie, biased questions, and manipulated numbers.
What are the industry trade secrets?
How are they designed?
Do they actually influence voters and candidates?
Do they jeopardize our democracies?