Questions are also being raised over the huge swing in vote-share some surveys have given to DMK.

Tamil Nadu exit polls leaves even TV anchors and analysts in doubt
news TN 2016 Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 09:37

As Tamil Nadu awaits the results of the assembly elections on May 19, Twitterati are busy dissecting the exit poll numbers presented on Monday evening. Three polls predict that the DMK will win the elections, while one suggests a possible hung assembly and the other shows AIADMK emerging victorious.

Meanwhile, TV anchors of channels which aired the exit polls showing a DMK victory themselves are expressing doubt over their surveys, hinting that the AIADMK might win after all.

Read- From pre-polls to exit-polls, a huge swing in favour of DMK in Tamil Nadu

Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor of the India Today Group tweeted doubting the exit poll:


CNN-News 18’s Bhupendra Chaubey also expressed doubts in the figures, tweeting that pollsters could have got it wrong in one of the poll bound states, hinting at TN in another tweets.



Political commentator Sumanth C Raman tweeted that the exit polls only added to the confusion, noting that without vote share, the analysis was limited.


But it wasn’t just journalists and political commentators who were unsure of the numbers. Many have observed that the exit polls were underestimating third fronts like the PMK and the PWF, and that the vote share in favour of DMK could be too high. With all surveys viewing the battle as one between the DMK and the AIADMK, the arithmetic could be suspect, many feel.

Adding to the uncertainty was Thanthi TV. Their pre-poll opinions survey suggested it was too close to call the election, giving AIADMK 102 seats, the DMK alliance 79, and the PMK 1, leaving 52 seats too close to call.

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