The polls that attempt to predict who voters are likely to elect only survey “likely voters”. Who are likely voters? Taken from jluster.org , “likely voters” must meet the following criteria:
- Have been in his or her place of residence for at least 4 years, that is has to have been registered to vote from the same location last time around.
- Has to have voted last time around.
- Has to have a land-line (pollsters are not allowed to call cellphones)
- and be near this land-line, willing to pick up the phone and take a survey between the hours of 8am and 7pm.