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CVoter, Axis My India, Today's Chanakya… how accurate were exit polls in 2019, 2014

Jun 01, 2024 04:51 PM IST

Exit polls 2024: The decision of the Congress to skip exit poll debates on television channels triggered a row even before the predictions are set to come.

The much-awaited exit poll predictions 2024 will start coming in after 6.30pm today after the embargo period stipulated by the Election Commission. Apart from the Lok Sabha elections, assembly elections were held in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim. Exit polls are predictions based on what voters said while exiting the booth after exercising their franchise. Agencies like Axis My India, Today's Chanakya, IPSOS, CVoter, CSDS conduct exit polls.

Voters show their index fingers marked with indelible ink after casting their ballots to vote at a polling station in Amritsar on June 1, 2024, during the seventh and final phase of voting in Lok Sabha elections. (AFP)
Voters show their index fingers marked with indelible ink after casting their ballots to vote at a polling station in Amritsar on June 1, 2024, during the seventh and final phase of voting in Lok Sabha elections. (AFP)

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Exit polls in 2019: How accurate were they?

Exit poll predictions are never to be blindly relied on as there is always room for mistakes. Instances where exit polls went awry in the recent past are not scarce either. However, in 2019 and 2014, the exit poll predictions did not miss the mood of the nation.

In 2019, the exit polls on average predicted NDA's tally at 306 and UPA's at 120. The prediction was underwhelming when the actual results came as the NDA won 352 seats with the BJP at 303. The then-UPA got 93 seats with the Congress at 52.

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Exit Poll agencyNDAUPA
India Today-Axis339-36577-108
News 24-Today's Chanakya35095
News18-IPSOS33682
Times Now VMR306132
India TV-CNX300120
Sudarshan News305124
Actual Result35393

Exit polls in 2014: How accurate they were

2014 marked the landslide victory of the BJP-led NDA which many exit polls failed to gauge though they anticipated that the NDA was coming to power. They only missed the huge margin the NDA was going to make. An average of eight exit polls predicted 283 seats for the NDA and 105 seats for the UPA. The NDA for 336 seats with the BJP at 282; the UPA got 60 with Congress 44.

 

Exit Poll agencyNDAUPA
India Today-Cicero272115
News 24-Chanakya340101
CNN IBN-CSDS28097
Times Now ORG249148
ABP News-Nielsen27497
NDTV-Hansa Research279103
Actual Result33660

What's different in 2024?

The 2024 election is not between the NDA and the UPA, it's between the NDA and the new grouping of the opposition INDIA. Ahead of the election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi set an ambitious target of NDA ‘400 paar’ where BJP on its own will get over 370 seats.

The Congress already announced that it would not take part in exit poll debates on television channels to fuel ‘speculation and slugfest for TRP’.

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