Up until the votes began rolling in during the hours after the election concluded, Georgia residents supporting both candidates remained unsure where the Peach State’s electoral votes would be placed.
The most popular, and most commonly presented among various media sources, was the most recent NBC/WSJ/Marist poll which reflected and predicted a neck-and-neck race between the republican and democratic candidate.
With Trump only holding 1 percentage point over Clinton among likely voters in this said poll, had the poll been reflective of the actual election results, Trump would have barely scooped up GA’s electoral votes by winning the state with 45% of votes over Clinton’s 44% of votes.
This closeness was attributed to the force of African-American residents in GA and their allegiance to Clinton.
The final results of the election reveal a stunning 5.7% points between the two candidates in the state swept by Trump in comparison to the trusted NBC/WSJ/Marist poll.
This is an exemplification of the significant difference between individual polling and poll aggregates.
RealClearPolitics calculated an average of all polling data throughout the campaign in which the final spread was predicted to be a difference of 4.8% points between Trump and Clinton, in which Trump would receive the votes.
This near 1 percentage point differences is notably closer than the one recent poll conducted by NBC/WSJ/Marist analyzed by concerned voters.
RealClearPolitics presented a tightening race within the final week of the campaign, but still predicted a resulting Clinton presidency.
Polling will never be reflective in totality of an entire system; however, aggregate polling methods, such as those provided by RealClearPolitics are crucial in predicting outcomes and ultimately driving concerned citizens to the polls.