Trump win shocker shows poll­sters once again mis­led

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Once more, his­tory has been writ­ten. Against all odds, bil­lion­aire and pop­ulist Don­ald Trump won the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion against a sober and ex­pe­ri­enced Hil­lary Clin­ton. The elec­tion re­sult shocked many across the world. What is sig­nif­i­cant to note, how­ever, is that the process has been free and fair. There are lessons to draw from this elec­tion. We must al­ways keep in mind that the much-pub­li­cised po­lit­i­cal com­men­taries by pun­dits and opin­ion polls are not the gospel truth or a re­flec­tion of what hap­pens on the ground. Kenyans were dis­ap­pointed big time in both the 2007 and 2013 gen­eral elec­tions. Po­lit­i­cal pun­dits and poll­sters con­sis­tently por­trayed op­po­si­tion lead­ers Raila Odinga to be com­mand­ing an unas­sail­able leads, only for him and his sup­port­ers to be dis­ap­pointed when the re­sults were an­nounced. Polls didn’t hit it on the head, even their mar­gins.

BEN­JAMIN BULA Nairobi)

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