Rochester, NY -- The polling unit at Siena College is trying to make sense of its last Voice of the Voter poll, which showed Rochester Mayor Tom Richards on his way to an easy primary victory before he lost to Lovely Warren.
The head of the research institute at Siena, Don Levy, says it was an instance of the one out of 20 times that a polling sample is outside the margin of error. He tells WHAM 1180 it was perhaps the greatest error his unit has ever experienced in a local poll in New York, and he apologized.
While his team is still dissecting the numbers, he discounts the idea that Richards voters stayed home after they saw his big lead in the polls. Levy says similar big leads held up for candidates in other upstate cities.