What are poll internals?
October 31, 2008 11:19 AM Subscribe
What does the term "internals" mean, as used when discussing political polls?
posted by ocherdraco to law & government (8 answers total)
I've been rabidly following the election, but I'm mystified as to what a poll's "internals" are. They're mentioned all the time, as here on Talking Points Memo
"The new numbers from Research 2000: McCain 48%, Obama 47%, with a ±4% margin of error. The key number from the internals is that Obama is winning the early vote by a 54%-42% margin, and this group is expected to make up 17% of the total likely voters."