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Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture. Explore what America's thinking with two of the country's leading pollsters-the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week's biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we'll lift the hood on the numbers revealing the hidden secrets of the public's mind.

Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture. Explore what America's thinking with two of the country's leading pollsters-the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week's biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we'll lift the hood on the numbers revealing the hidden secrets of the public's mind.
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Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture. Explore what America's thinking with two of the country's leading pollsters-the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week's biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we'll lift the hood on the numbers revealing the hidden secrets of the public's mind.

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#202: Piano Men — The Ben Folds & Billy Joel Episode!

2/14/2019
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Trump’s numbers have bounced back! Trump: Favorable/Unfavorable (Real Clear Politics) The work of Mueller and “Mister Peepers”! Mueller Poll Shows Very Few Republicans Believe Russia Interfered In 2016 Election (HuffPost/YouGov) Most Americans in new poll support Democratic investigations of Trump administration (Global Strategy Group /GBA Strategies for Restore Public Trust) More voters back Mueller probe, say it has 'uncovered crimes' (Navigator Research) Mister Peepers, the Ballad...

Duration:00:53:52

#201: 2020 Is Right Around The Corner

2/7/2019
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The State of the Union...does it ever move numbers? Was Tuesday’s speech the dawning of a new era or a soon-forgotten blip? Poll: More than half will definitely vote against Trump (Politico/Morning Consult) Speech audience was most partisan since 2001 (CNN/SSRS) Most viewers approved of Trump's second State of the Union address (CBS News) And what of 2020? With more and more contenders jumping in, we will take a look at Trump’s re-election prospects and what we can know about the Dem...

Duration:00:54:08

#200: Pollsters In Cars Getting Snacks

1/31/2019
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Producers note: Margie was in a taxi and Kristen was out of the studio as well so the audio quality of this episode is well below our usual standards but we wanted to get the episode to you no matter what! The bleeding has stopped but the patient could use a transfusion...how will Roger Stone and the kick-the-can Shutdown delay impact POTUS numbers? ProtectTheInvestigation.org (GBS Strategies) America is heading in the wrong direction (NBC/WSJ) President Trump Job Approval...

Duration:00:36:15

#199: We Need More Fyre Festival Documentaries

1/24/2019
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It’s Margie’s Birthday! Please donate to World Central Kitchen to help feed furloughed Federal workers! The shutdown continues to take its toll on federal workers and begins to take a more serious toll on the President’s political standing. Pelosi has edge over Trump on budget negotiations (CBS News) Shutdown, Russia drive Trump to all-time high disapproval (POLITICO/Morning Consult) 6 in 10 Americans blame Trump for shutdown (Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...

Duration:00:46:20

#198: With The Greatest Respect...

1/17/2019
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SHUTDOWN (and the Wall) We are now in the longest shutdown in the history of the US government. Is either side feeling political pain yet? And how widespread is the pain everyday people and government workers are feeling? And what’s the shutdown over? The Wall of course. Still unpopular, but as people move into their partisan camps, different polls tell different stories about whether the wall is becoming more or less popular overall. Americans blame Trump and GOP much more than Democrats...

Duration:00:43:50

#197: Shutdown Showdown!

1/10/2019
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Manafort Why it would it—or wouldn’t it—be a big deal for a foreign intelligence operation to have internal polling data from a campaign? Shutdown Voters blame Trump, GOP for shutdown (POLITICO/Morning Consult) Trump Has Lost Ground In The Shutdown Blame Game (FiveThirtyEight) Congressional Priorities Government Gets an Upgrade (Navigator) Americans' Long List for Congress Spans Education to Income (Gallup) 2020 Elizabeth Warren wins the first Daily Kos 2020 Presidential Straw Poll...

Duration:00:41:02

#196: Kristen's Love Language

1/3/2019
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Happy New Year! We're back from the holiday break, with lots of (good and bad) holiday stories...about animals eating the wrong things. Poll of the Week What do Democrats want in 2020? (USA TODAY/Suffolk University) The Shutdown Americans Give Everyone Negative Marks For The Government Shutdown (HuffPo/YouGov) Federal Employees Overwhelmingly Oppose Shutdown (Government Business Council & GovExec.com) 47% of Americans blame Trump for government shutdown (Reuters/Ipsos) Trump...

Duration:00:41:20

#195: The Middle America Project

12/20/2018
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Kristen speaks with Patrick Ruffini about Echelon Insights' Middle America Project, which ranks every county in the U.S. on how representative it is of the country as a whole. They discuss how the typical American community isn’t a small town that voted for Donald Trump to counterbalance Hillary Clinton’s lopsided margin in the cities. By definition, it’s something in between. This usually means that it’s a small city with surrounding suburbs, mainly located in the Northeast and Midwest,...

Duration:00:27:28

#194: Women Working in Politics, with Abby Livingston

12/13/2018
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This week The Pollsters welcome Abby Livingston, bureau chief for the Texas Tribune, to talk about her recent article in Politico Magazine, "The Hardest Glass Ceiling in Politics". The somewhat controversial article addresses the sexism challenges faced by women who work as politics consultants. Kristen and Margie share some of their own experiences with Abby and dig in to the journalistic methods and insights she brought to the project. This is ann important issue and we're grateful to...

Duration:00:24:50

#193: Is This Poll A Christmas Movie?

12/6/2018
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Holiday Polls Most Americans don't think that "Die Hard" is a Christmas movie (Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult) Personal Importance of Hanukkah Varies by Denomination among Jewish Americans (PRRI) Trump, Democrats, and the USA Trump Job Approval (HuffPo) Trump's Political Risk Spreads to Small-Town America (Selzer & Co./Grinnell College) Democrats Are Divided On The Ideological Future Of Their Party (HuffPo/YouGov) Americans Not Optimistic About Trump, Democrats Cooperating...

Duration:00:44:37

#192: Are You Ready For Our BTS Overlords?

11/29/2018
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Poll of the Week: Results of the TIME Person of the Year Reader's Poll (BTS WINS!) Trumplandia and Political Divisions Trump Approval (HuffPo) Few Expect Country to Become United (Monmouth) Americans Want the New Congress to Provide a Check on the White House, Follow Facts in Investigations (Navigator) Many Americans Are Giving Trump The Benefit Of The Doubt On Manufacturing Jobs (HuffPo/YouGov) Republicans and Women The Republican Party and Women in Politics (DemocracyFund...

Duration:00:38:28

#191: A Tale of Two Exit Polls

11/15/2018
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#191: A Tale of Two Exit Polls First: Kristen has a new show on SiriusXM but The Pollsters will still be here for your data geek love! Civility & Division Most Democrats see Republicans as racist, sexist (Axios/Survey Monkey) Midterm Follow-up A Mandate for Democrats? (CNN/SSRS) Public Wants Congress to be a Check on Trump (Monmouth)T rump approval (HuffPo) 2020 (Already? Really?) Trump's 2020 woman problem (Axios/Survey Monkey) Biden, Bernie, Beto lead 2020 Dem field...

Duration:00:46:16

#190: 2018 Midterm Outcomes

11/7/2018
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The 2018 Midterm elections are over (mostly) and things turned out much like the pollsters (and The Pollsters) expected, with Democrats taking the House and Republicans making gains in the Senate. While Democrats didn't win some close races, they still managed to do well in legislative chambers. The Pollsters grade the performance of polling across the country in this election and recognize that there are several high profile races where, even though they were within the margin of error,...

Duration:00:40:44

#189: Scary Midterms and Fortnite Costumes

11/1/2018
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#189: Scary Midterms and Fortnite Costumes Poll of the Week Views of voting access linked to opinion on diversity in the U.S. (Pew Research) Youth Harvard IOP Youth Poll Fall 2018 (Institute of Politics, Harvard) Millennials Turnout (NBC/GenForward) Trump and Republicans Job Approval (Huffington Post) Partisan Polarization Dominates Trump Era (PRRI) 2018 Generic Congressional Vote (Real Clear Politics) Women and the Economy Red-Hot Economy? Women Aren’t Convinced (New York...

Duration:00:47:16

#188: Midterm Outlook with Liesl Hickey and Ali Lapp

10/25/2018
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In this very special episode, we're joined by Republican House race expert Liesl Hickey and Democratic House race expert Ali Lapp, hosts of the House Talk with Ali and Liesl podcast. We cover how political experts view house race polls compared to the Generic Ballot and the specifics of the upcoming midterm election. How much is President Trump helping or hurting Republican candidates? The Democrats appear likely to take back the House, but by how much? What are the implications of the...

Duration:00:50:48

#187: Strong Feelings on Immigration and TV Reboots

10/17/2018
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#187: Strong Feelings on Immigration and TV Reboots Midterms & Trump Approval Don’t expect a big Democratic wave this fall (CNBC) Voters say they are more likely to cast ballots in this year’s midterm elections (Washington Post/ABC News) 2018 Generic Congressional Vote (Real Clear Politics) Trump Job Approval (Huffington Post) 2020 Democratic Primary More see Trump win likely as Biden leads crowded Democratic field (CNN/SSRS) Immigration Varied and Changing Attitudes on Immigration...

Duration:00:40:44

#186: The Taylor Swift Effect?

10/11/2018
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Midterms Generic Congressional (Real Clear Politics) 2018 Midterm Voters: Issues and Political Values (Pew Research) Gender Differences (CNN/SSRS) Senate Latest Senate Polls (Real Clear Politics) Texas - Tennessee - New Jersey (CBS) Nevada (NBC/Marist) Arizona (ABC-15 / OH Predictive Insights) North Dakota (FOX News) Florida (Mason-Dixon) House House Battleground (Washington Post - Schar School) Kavanaugh Economist/YouGov Majority oppose Kavanaugh, but his popularity grows...

Duration:00:48:43

#185: Latest Kavanaugh Polls and Fun with Optimus Decision Desk HQ

10/4/2018
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Poll of the Week Trump Gets Negative Ratings for Many Personal Traits, but Most Say He Stands Up for His Beliefs (Pew Research) “How you feel about GOP loyalty to Trump probably depends on your age” (Kristen in The Washington Examiner) Kavanaugh Confirmation Kavanaugh opinion hardens along partisan lines (Politico Morning Consult) Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford hearing spurs more division (CBS News) Opposition to Kavanaugh grows after Senate hearing (Reuters/Ipsos) More U.S....

Duration:00:49:15

#184: New Florida Midterm Polls

9/27/2018
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#184: New Florida Midterm Polls Florida Governor & SenatePoll: Andrew Gillum leads DeSantis by 4, Rick Scott and Bill Nelson tied (Tampa Bay Times, UFN)Poll: Democrats have narrow lead in top Florida contests (NCBNews.com, Marist) KavanaughMajority of Americans oppose Kavanaugh nomination if Ford’s allegation is true, poll says (PBS, NPR, Marist)Voters in Battleground Districts Are Divided on Kavanaugh (The Upshot)Record number of voters oppose Kavanaugh nomination (FOX News) Women,...

Duration:00:46:59

#183: Spring is a Lie, This Fall is Fakakta

9/20/2018
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#183: Spring is a Lie, This Fall is Fakakta Poll of the WeekRepublicans, Democrats See Opposing Party as More Ideological Than Their Own (Pew) KavanaughCNN poll (pre-Dr. Ford) The Week In MidtermsHouse GenericNate Cohn’s Poll FactorySenate RacesMontanaMissouriArizona & Tennessee The Week In TrumpJob Approval (HuffPo)Democrats are twice as likely as Republicans to name Trump as a reason for their pick in congressional elections (Washington Post) New Voter Study Group Papers! Why...

Duration:00:47:47