Reporter: Iowa Democratic Caucus not democratic

01/03/08 Mitch E. Perry
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The polls show various different results coming out of tonight’s Caucus – but one former Iowa journalist says that those surveys are absolutely more of a guess than polling done for any other type of election in the U.S.

Herb Strentz is a former executive secretary of Iowa’s Freedom of Information Council. In an opinion piece he co-wrote in the New York Times last month, Strentz wrote that Iowa’s Democrats shun public disclosure of voter preferences at their caucuses – something rarely reported by the media.

So when Democrats begin caucusing tonight, the first votes for candidates will not be released to the press. Instead, the Democrats release a percentage of Democrat equivalents. WMNF spoke with Strentz today about what the percentage of Democratic equivalents is.

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