Carroll College Exit Poll

Since the fall of 2014, students in a Carroll College class on Elections have been running exit polls on Election Day.  We use single-page surveys with the questions designed by Carroll students and Dr. Street, who teaches in the Political Science department. We cover polling places across Lewis and Clark County, and in 2018 we also went to Billings and Great Falls.

Students ask people to participate as the voters leave the polling place. Those who opt to take part take a clipboard so that they can fill out the survey in private if they like. We have been delighted that so many people are willing to participate—an average of about 900 each year!

Students then write research papers based on the data collected, allowing them to test out their ideas about why people vote the way they do, and also to apply the statistical tools that they have learned in class to understand real-world data.

In 2018, Dr. Street worked with Montana PBS to publish the results.  Here is a link to the show!

The exit poll projects were approved by the Carroll College IRB. The anonymized data are posted so that other students, scholars, journalists or members of the public can learn from the data. Since the voters of Montana gave us the information we feel that it should be in the public domain.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact Dr. Alex Street, astreet@carroll.edu.