Things I Didn't Know, Part 9,763

| Mon Feb. 25, 2013 12:01 PM EST

From a CNN piece on today's Italian election:

Polls are banned within two weeks of the elections, but the most recent ones had Bersani holding onto a slender lead over Berlusconi. Grillow was a distant third.

No polls in the final two weeks of the campaign! I wonder what effect something like that would have had on our election last year? Would fewer analysts have made fools of themselves? More? Would Nate Silver have spontaneously combusted?