Re: Will Pollsters Call During the Superbowl

02/04/2008 11:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

On Friday I posted a brief item wondering about what effect last night's Super Bowl broadcast might have on number collected over the weekend. Gallup emailed to say they would not call during the game, and I assume most pollsters that were in the field last night did the same. I wondered about the demographics of game watchers as measured by an ABC/Washington Post poll last week. Late last night, the Post's Jon Cohen emailed with the following breakdown of those who planned to watch the game:

  • 72 percent of men, 50 percent of women.
  • Two-thirds of those under 45; half of seniors.
  • 76 percent of men 18-45
  • 69 percent of those with household incomes $75K+, 51 percent of thoseunder $25K

As I explained on Friday, my guess is that the inability to call for four or five hours last night probably had little effect on the poll results we are seeing now. Still the demographic profile identified above looks considerably more like Obama supporters than Clinton supporters.