Also facing disruption from Sandy: Tracking polls

The Gallup organization “will most likely suspend all of our national tracking if we feel the representativeness of the data in the Middle Atlantic and Northeast is likely to be compromised” by the storm, according to Gallup Editor-in-Chief Frank Newport. Via email, Newport reports that Gallup “will make a final decision later this morning.”

As forecasts tracked a likely landfall for Hurricane in New Jersey, observers noted that the Garden State is home to the corporate headquarters of a number of pollsters, including Gallup, Rasmussen Reports, SurveyUSA and Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI), a call center that conducts interviews for the Pew Research Center, among other clients…

“The loss of power and/or telephone connections obviously cripples a call center,” said PSRAI CEO Evans Witt, and “also make it inadvisable or difficult for staff and interviewers to reach the call center to work.” However, Witt confirmed via email that as of Sunday that storm had not caused problems for PSRAI or its call center.

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