Exit Poll Law and Legal Definition

Exit Poll is an informal poll taken as people leave the voting booth. They are used to predict the outcome of the election before the polls are closed. Similar poll conducted before actual voters have voted is called an entrance poll. Pollsters, usually private companies working for newspapers or broadcasters conduct exit polls to gain an early indication as to how an election has turned out, as in many elections the actual result may take hours or even days to count. Warren Mitofsky, founder of Mitofsky International, is credited with having invented the exit poll.