In comments on " Is the "no poll reporting till voting is done" specific to Brexit vote? " I was made aware that other countries also have rules against reporting on polling numbers on election day, and it's not a UK-only concept.

As such, I'm curious if there's a good estimate that exists on how the worldwide handling of this issue is broken down? Do most countries have such laws? Only a minority?

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    I tagged as [freedom-of-speech] because I suspect one reason to avoid such a law is on freedome of speech grounds. Not sure. – user4012 Jun 25 '16 at 20:22
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    In Spain it is forbidden from a week before. But in later elections it has been circumvented by publishing news about, say, the prices of "goods" at some market (so you do not get the data that PP will get 120-126 seats, PSOE 90-92 seats, etc..., but that the price of grapes is between 120-126€, that of oranges 90-92€, etc.) during that week. Anyway during election day I have still not seen any poll published (either openly or disguised) until the poll stations are closed. – SJuan76 Jun 27 '16 at 1:05
  • any source? Wow. – user4951 Nov 27 '18 at 2:53
  • I’m not sure how to find a source. However, the German WIkipedia article on election polling research (in Germany publishing polling numbers before polling stations close is also illegal) gives a short, random list of a few European countries that fit your classification and then proceeds to list the situation in Germany, Austria and Switzerland all of which have such laws. – Jan Mar 25 '19 at 19:44

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