Exit Poll Predicts Conservative Majority In 2019 UK General Election
The forecasted numbers in a poll carried out by ITV, BBC, Sky and Ipsos Mori were 368 seats for the Tories against 191 for Labour.
More that 20,000 people were asked at over 140 polling stations.
The exit poll, whilst not fool proof, is the best indication we're going to get for a few hours, at least until the hordes of volunteers around the UK have finished tallying up the millions of votes cast at across the 650 constituencies.
This exit poll represents a survey of thousands of voters cast right after they've put their cross in their desired box. It's based on 144 constituencies are considered to be democratically representative of the country as a whole.
To keep things consistent, they choose the same places each time, by and large, then position pollsters at stations to pick up on every 10th voter or so.
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They aren't asked to speak their choice out loud in the hope that this makes the survey more accurate.
Now, it's worth remembering that these exit polls aren't always correct. However, they're surely the best indicator we've got until the counting is done.
In 2017, they predicted that the Conservatives would be the largest party, but didn't say that there would be a hung Parliament.
Back in 1992, two separate exit polls predicted no overall majority in the House of Commons, but John Major went and won the election, albeit at a loss to his majority.
What we're getting at here is that whilst they make mistakes, and aren't a faultless method for identifying which way the country as voted, it'll have to do for now.
Now begins a race - usually between Sunderland and Newcastle - to see who can get their votes tallied up the quickest.
Come tomorrow morning, we'll have a bigger and more certain picture of which way the political wind is blowing.
And now we wait...
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