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Do You Lie To Pollsters About Race?

Do You Lie To Pollsters About Race?

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Shhh... don't tell Ken Rudin, but we've found another Political Junkie for the day. Ken's out this week, but as they say, the show must go on. So into the hot seat goes Ron Elving, NPR's Senior Washington Editor. The hot topic of the day, of course... Paris Hilton (and just mentioning that name might make this a most emailed blog post!). There are new polls, and ads, and attacks, and veeps to talk about. We'll also take some time to talk about polling in this election. Last week, we did a show about people's s1/4onscious biases ("the bigot in your brain"). The question for pollsters, then, is can white voters be truly honest in polls when it comes to race? Or is it likely that they might say, "of course I'll vote for a black candidate" but then not follow through. I have never been polled on politics, but if you have... Were you honest (really?)?