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  • How to read election polls, explained by an expert

    When should you be suspicious of poll results? Can election polls really influence voter behavior? Do people lie to pollsters? Public opinion expert Dahlia Scheindlin has the answers. Public opinion polls get things wrong, and not only in Israel. They failed to predict the 2016 American presidential election, Brexit, the U.K. elections in 2015, and the exit polls in the 2015 Israeli election. But anger at polls — and pollsters — can sometimes feel like misplaced anger at election results themselves. It’s as if disappointed voters think that if only pollsters had predicted Trump’s victory, paradoxically, that the result might somehow…

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  • Supreme Court allows Palestinian MK Zoabi to participate in elections

    The court unanimously decided to reverse the Central Election Committee's decision forbidding MK Zoabi (Balad) from running.  In response, a Likud spokesperson vowed that the PM's party would work to amend the law in order to ensure such disqualifications before the next elections.  The Israeli Supreme Court decided this morning (Sunday) to reverse the Central Election Committee's decision to prevent MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad) from participating in the coming Knesset elections, due to take place on January 22. The decision was unanimous, with all nine judges – including Supreme Court Chief Justice Asher Gronis – ruling to allow Zoabi to run. MK Zoabi, the only…

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