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2016 Postmortem

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Fri Feb 26, 2016, 08:17 AM Feb 2016

A thought about polling and cell phones... [View all]

As I was reading an article about a poll in Massachusetts that specifically mentioned the pollsters called both land lines and cell phones, it occurred to me that I will never be polled about my current home state (MA) because my cell number is a Virginia one (where I lived prior to MA).

I can think of at least five people in my close family who have cell numbers that no longer correspond to the state where they currently live.

With the option to "keep your number" when you change providers, the fact that long distance fees don't come into play with cellphones (and many land lines have unlimited long distance), and more and more people getting cellphones at a younger and younger age, I can see a significant portion of the population having one cell number their whole lives, despite any moves they might make between states over the years.

These people (me included) will be completely left out of state polling (or inaccurately polled about a place they no longer live-- if they decided to participate anyway.)

So, I am curious... How many of you have a cell number with an area code that no longer matches your zip code?

And how do you think this will impact future polling, if at all?

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My cellphone number has an area code that matches the state in which I live.
7 (54%)
My cellphone number's area code is from a state where I previously lived.
5 (38%)
I don't have a cellphone.
1 (8%)
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Interesting question. I'll bet that reputable polling organizations already take this into account. NurseJackie Feb 2016 #1
I would think they would try to confirm that you are resident in the state they are polling you beac Feb 2016 #2
I'd imagine that they would. But, I guess the nature of polls is the very reason ... NurseJackie Feb 2016 #3
True. beac Feb 2016 #8
My cell phone matches my real area code. noamnety Feb 2016 #4
Interesting link. beac Feb 2016 #6
Good thinking. I'd like that confirmed but it seems they're getting the polling right WhaTHellsgoingonhere Feb 2016 #5
Polling seems to be getting less accurate, IMO. beac Feb 2016 #7
Mine matches, but it makes no difference in my case. Buns_of_Fire Feb 2016 #9
I think that is true of many cell phone users. beac Feb 2016 #10
Same here. The only thing political on my phone mmonk Feb 2016 #11
What? No ENDLESS calls from the DNC? beac Feb 2016 #13
You're missing all those great solar panel Codeine Feb 2016 #14
I think I'll have my solar panels installed while I am away on my free cruise to the Bahamas! beac Feb 2016 #15
Mine matches (nt) bigwillq Feb 2016 #12
Thanks for replying. beac Feb 2016 #16
Mine does not match, nor do any of my friends that I can think of. Barack_America Feb 2016 #17
Regarding impact, fairly significant, I think... Barack_America Feb 2016 #18
I agree that the young and mobile beac Feb 2016 #19
Mine matches, but I don't answer if I don't know the number - TBF Feb 2016 #20
Good point. noamnety Feb 2016 #21
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