How are people selected to take political polls?

@magnet (2089)
United States
September 10, 2008 8:22am CST
There are so many political polls being discussing on tv and online. Who are actually taking these polls and how are people being selected for this type of survey?
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@jonesy123 (3950)
• United States
10 Sep 08
There are some market research companies who actively send people out into the communities to ask x amount of people of their opinion. Some on the street, some by phone. There are also communities in this country which are thought of being representative of the general population. Things like that. Polls are polls and as such not always very reliable. Although the pollsters have become more sophisticated and have developed greatly sophisticated statistical programs to analyze the data provided to them. Still, can't always go by it, especially, when it is close.