Despite the clear imperfections with the exit poll data, many post-election analyses cite the 44 percent figure as if there is no problem whatsoever.
The New York Times writes, “in the end, Mr. Bush won 44 percent of the Hispanic vote, more than any Republican presidential candidate in at least three decades.”
U.S. News and World Report writes, “The president increased his support among Hispanics to 44 percent, up 9 points over four years ago.”
Syndicated columnist George Will writes, “44 percent of Hispanics, America’s largest and fastest-growing minority, voted for Bush.”
To its credit, the Washington Times notes the controversy about the exit poll results. Nevertheless, it states unequivocally that “The president took 44 percent of the Hispanic vote on Election Day, up nine percentage points from 2000.”
I’m glad Bush did well among Hispanics, but the media echo chamber’s blind faith in flawed exit poll data is annoying.