Is the publication of exit poll results morally permissible?

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Abstract

This article is about exit polls. It addresses the question of whether or not it is morally permissible to publish exit poll results. The conclusion of the article is that an affirmative answer should be given to this question. In section 2, the master argument in favor of the moral permissibility of the publication of exit poll results is introduced. This is a strong argument. It is, however, argued that it might be the case that the conclusion of this argument should be rejected if there are other, and weightier, arguments against the idea that the publication of exit poll results is morally permissible. In section 3, the strongest arguments against the moral permissibility of the publication of exit poll results are outlined and discussed. The conclusion of this section is that all these arguments fail in their intended purpose. The conclusion of the article is therefore justified.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPublic Affairs Quarterly
Volume30
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)53-68
Number of pages15
ISSN0887-0373
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Exit polls

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