Through a glass darkly
Political polls predict the future -- sort of
It's campaign season, and that can only mean one thing: Americans will be awash in political polls and statistics. If you don't know the ultimate quote on statistics, now's your chance to read it. For the rest of us, let's start.

The ABCs of public-opinion polling (dos, don'ts and maybe a few maybes).

How do they cook up all those statistics anyway?

You think they can't fool some of the people all of the time? Monster flub-ups from the pollsters' secret files.

There must be a better way to poll.

We corralled the best new reading and surfing on political polls.

Credits and fact-checkers for this edition.

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