A message to our readers on polls

A New York Times poll on the race for governor created some questions yesterday, as different people had different takes on the head-to-head numbers in the same poll.

As the number of independent polls increase in the weeks leading up to Election Day, this is just an explanation of PolitickerNJ.com’s policy as we cover those surveys: our headline and lede will, when possible, use likely voters including leaners. This will allow our readers to compare polls with some consistency.

Over the last ten years, we have also reported on internal campaign polls, provided that we know the name of the pollster, the sample size, and the margin of error. Our responsibility is to let our readers decide if they view internal numbers as credible, and not to make that decision on their behalf.

A message to our readers on polls