Danielle Kurtzleben of WAMU -- American University Radio -- became the eleventieth NPR person to try to explain why the polls were wrong.
I will give the correct answer later, but first, her reasons.
1. The national polls weren't that off — they did predict more people would vote for Clinton. That's what happened.
2. Some people just don't answer the phone.
3. Did people lie to pollsters?
4. It's hard to capture enthusiasm (or lack thereof).
Now readers know better than this.
To say the polls which predict a big win for her "weren't that off" is daffy. Trump carried 30 states. That's more than any president has carried since Clinton took 31 states in 1996.
The polls were wrong.
People not answering the phone is not an excuse. That has always been a problem.
People lie to pollsters? She admitted that is far-fetched.
Capturing enthusiasm is pretty easy. I find asking a question is the best way to get someone to answer a question.
So her excuses are wrong.
Instead of blaming the polled, blame the pollsters. After all, it was their model that was in error. Pollsters erred this year in favor of the First Woman Elected President because that was who they were rooting for. Don't like the result? Well, then weight it more in favor of Hillary. A point here, a point there, and presto! You have a three-point error.