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Can Those Polls Be Trusted?

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Can Those Polls Be Trusted?

Election 2008

Can Those Polls Be Trusted?

Can Those Polls Be Trusted?

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We're being told that Sen. John McCain is the "underdog" while Sen. Barack Obama is ahead — but pollsters say the gap is narrowing just as the race comes to a close. But how accurate are these polls? Mark Blumenthal, editor of Pollster.com, tells host Liane Hansen the latest poll numbers really mean.