This year, opinion polls appear to be everywhere. You can’t browse a news website without stumbling on an article about polls for president, for the Senate, for governors. There are surveys about rejection rates, how each candidate is faring in different regions, genders… You get the picture.
Despite this sensation of opinion poll saturation, the 2018 general election hasn’t actually seen an increase in surveys carried out, it just feels that way. Every time institutes carry out a poll, they must register their surveys with the Superior Electoral Court. Failing to do so is an electoral crime. If the poll has not been previously registered, its results cannot be published. With this data, we can say for sure that no, there haven’t been more opinion polls in 2018.
Let’s go to the numbers: