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Exit Polls: Debating Freedom or Fairness

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At present, in legal parlance, both opinion and exit polls are treated equally, for the Constitution as per rights framed under Article 21 does not allow either to be banned. But while the continued legal protection of opinion polls remains unassailable, to extend this exalted status to exit polls, when in certain instances of extended voting they could influence voter behaviour, remains unjustifiable on principle nor is it substantiated by policy considerations. On the other hand, legal precedents that impose time restrictions on exit poll results already exist in a few countries.

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