A new study, examining a mystery confounded polling analysts, says Donald Trump‘s huge poll numbers may actually be understated.

Confusing the polsters is the fact Trump performs much better in online-based surveys rather than polls that include live-telephone interviews, which may indicate some voters are planning to vote for Trump, but may be reluctant to admit their support for the controversial candidate.

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In self-administered online interviews voters will be more likely to admit their support. And that will more likely reflect their eventual decision in the privacy of a voting booth.

“Much work remains to better understand which types of polls are actually right in predicting Trump’s support levels, but a key implication of the study is that many national polls may be underestimating Trump’s support levels,” the study concluded. h/t businessinsider

If true, the results could indicate that Trump’s support in polls, which has risen to new heights over the past few weeks, is actually understated.

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Overall, the study found that Trump performs about 6 percentage points better in online surveys compared with those conducted by phone.

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