Polling problems: Exit poll asks whether ‘blacks are getting too demanding’ in push for equal rights

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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An exit poll is a common tool used by researchers to figure out the attitude and mindset of voters.

However, one exit poll in South Carolina is causing a bit of controversy.

According to WSPA, the exit poll was given to voters in several cities and featured questions about race.

Some of those questions asked whether “blacks are getting too demanding in their push for equal rights” or if “in the past few years, blacks have gotten less than they deserve.”

WSPA says the poll was conducted by a political science professor at Clemson University.

David Woodard said the poll was trying to prove that race does not play a factor in who voters will choose at the polls.

“It was designed to take advantage of a political moment of Senator Tim Scott’s election as the first African-American from a southern state since reconstruction,” he said. “It was not designed to be provocative.”

Woodard says the controversial statements have been used by researchers for decades.

The findings from the exit poll are expected to be published next year in a research paper.