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Polls are not in public interest

Mileah Kromer discusses the reasons that the results of pre-election polls concerning the race for governor were largely incorrect, particularly the timing of the polls on which media and the campaigns relied ("Hogan and Brown: tortoise and hare?" Nov. 12). I do not doubt that she is largely correct, although I suspect that the refusal to respond by a significant numbers of individuals in the random selection process may also be something of a factor.

However, I would argue that polls serve no useful purpose for the public good and that media should cease polling and reporting the results of campaign polls. Voters are fully capable of assessing for whom to vote from candidates' views on the issues and their expressed personal values. The media should return to reporting the news, not trying to manufacture it by polling.

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Anita Heygster, Pasadena

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