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Politics

Polls bringing more questions than answers

Who is up and who is down in the presidential race today? There is a poll for you to consult; six, actually. What does the horse race look like in Ohio? There’s another poll to chew on. Or seven in the past week.

Polling mania has infused media coverage of the campaign’s final days as the national obsession for clues about the outcome on Nov. 6 intensifies. And the numbers about those number-crunching firms are staggering: six daily national tracking polls; since Labor Day, about 40 other national polls by 20 outlets logged on the Real Clear Politics website; in 11 battleground states, about 240 polls by more than 50 media outlets, colleges, and commercial pollsters.

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