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Even though the final results, are not in just yet it appears the polls ahead of the 2020 election may have missed the mark.

"We're back in the soup, because the 2020 polling results were as far or further off than 2016," Cal Jillson, a political science professor at SMU, said. 

National polls had indicated Joe Biden's lead in key states like Florida was much larger than it turned out to be. 

Jillson says polling results should be taken with a grain of salt.

"So it's as much art as it is science. And what pollsters always say is that polls are a snapshot in time, when the poll is taken, not a prediction about the final result, " he explained.

The non-profit Texas Tribune performs many of its own polls.

Executive Editor Ross Ramsey agrees, it is not always perfect.

"Generally, you're trying to get the same kind of answer you would get if you were making soup and you had a pot of soup on the stove, and you took a spoonful of the soup, a sample of it, and tasted it to see what the soup is like," Ramsey said. "Most of the time you're going to be right. Every once and a while, you're going to get onion."

Nowadays, it can be harder to get a hold of people to respond to polls says Georgetown University Professor Hans Noel.

He argues conservatives tend to be more skeptical of pollsters, possibly leading to skewed results.

"When you call up somebody, and as them, they might say 'No, I don't want to talk to you' and if the people who say 'no' are systematically different from the people who say 'yes', then we have to do something, some kind of waiting or whatever, to adjust," Noel explained.

Even though public trust may not be high for the polling industry, the experts say, they are here to say.

"Historically, voters have wanted to know what other voters are thinking and how elections are likely to turn out," Jillson said. 

"The horse race is interesting, but really the most interesting thing, the most useful information, is how do voters feel about this topic or that topic, about the economy, about COVID, those kinds of things," Ramsey said. 

Moving forward, pollsters will most likely do the same as they did after the 2016 election: learn from their mistakes and prepare for the next one.