The results of the state assembly elections show that the voters do not pay any heed to pre-poll opinion surveys (Voters sell pollsters a dummy, Dec 5). The strategy of conducting surveys needs an overhaul. It is also possible that interesting parties rig opinion polls to suit their interests.
There should be broad bases data. A few thousand as database is insufficient to judge the mood of crores of voters in any state.
(This letter published in The Hindustan Times on December 11, 2003)