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Midpoint

7/12/2019
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On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, the post-debate polls! Two weeks beyond the first round of Democratic primary debates and about two weeks to go until the second, we assess the crowded poll landscape and analyze what the polls mean (and don’t) for the 2020 primary contest. Then, a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows President Donald Trump’s job approval rating at its highest point. But, is the president’s job approval rating the most important metric heading into an...

Duration:00:20:12

U.S. Census: The Decision

7/3/2019
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The United States Supreme Court ruled against including a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census questionnaire. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we discuss the significance of the ruling and how it impacts the polling community. Then, we move onto baseball with baseball aficionado and friend of The Marist Poll John Sparks. In this informative and fun discussion, Sparks discusses the state of the game as the Poll Hub team shares new data from The Marist Poll. Plus, Marist Poll Head...

Duration:00:21:23

Conformity

6/28/2019
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In an era where political divisions and hyper partisanship are the norm, Cass R. Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard and author of the new book Conformity, sets out to explain the manifestation of this intense tribalism. On this episode of Poll Hub, Sunstein describes how conformity aligns with peer pressure but, then, digs deeper into its significance in today’s culture. He expands upon how conformity is necessary to maintain a civilized society but can also be a...

Duration:00:23:29

The Centennial

6/21/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, our team celebrates a milestone – the podcast’s 100th episode – with a look back on some of our most memorable episodes. Take a journey back two years as the team reflects on its very first episode! We also share highlights from our interviews with author and journalist, the late Ray Robinson, Pallavi Gogoi, NPR’s Chief Business Editor, and the four featured speakers in our series: 1968: The Year That Rocked American Politics – E.J. Dionne, Jr....

Duration:00:27:52

The Abortion Debate in the United States

6/14/2019
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While Americans with the most extreme views on abortion fuel the debate in the United States, most Americans’ opinions fall somewhere in the middle. On this episode of Poll Hub, we explain the results of the latest national NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll on abortion and assess what the implications might be on the 2020 presidential contest. Then, how old do Democrats think their party’s nominee for president should be? We have the answer compliments of the Pew Research Center. And, Sunday is...

Duration:00:18:27

The Life & Legacy of Barbara Bush

6/7/2019
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With her signature faux pearls and white hair, former First Lady Barbara Bush became an American icon. But her influence far surpassed that of the wife of one president and mother of another. As Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today and author of The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty, expounds upon in eloquent detail, Mrs. Bush quietly, yet powerfully, impacted the policies in the administrations of her husband and son and shaped public perceptions...

Duration:00:23:02

Prejudice in the United States

5/31/2019
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The University of Pennsylvania just released the results of a longitudinal study which examines racial prejudice in the United States during the age of Donald Trump. While conventional wisdom has claimed prejudice has increased, researchers out of the University of Pennsylvania maintain there is evidence that it may be on a decline. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we take a deep dive into the study and assess how these statistics compare with other data on the subject. Then, we speak...

Duration:00:26:27

Evolution

5/24/2019
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The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research recently announced a change in its acquisition policy to include online non-probability based samples. The change aims to increase transparency. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we speak with Gary Langer, President of Langer Research Associates, who serves as the Roper Board’s Transparency and Acquisitions Chair, about the new policy. But first, the impeachment buzz neared a fever pitch this week. We assess where Americans stand on the...

Duration:00:23:25

Buyer Beware

5/17/2019
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On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, David M. Drucker, Senior Political Correspondent for The Washington Examiner, recently wrote an article about an advocacy poll and noted the perceived implications for the 2020 presidential contest. Not so fast! While the Poll Hub team applauds Drucker’s transparent reporting of the survey, some of the conclusions warrant a closer look. Then, for how many years do Americans want to live? We break down a Survey Monkey poll about longevity...

Duration:00:18:40

Countdown to the Debates

5/10/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we discuss the qualifying criteria for this election cycle’s Democratic primary debates. The Marist Poll took opposition to how polls were used during the 2016 primaries to determine inclusion. Have things changed? We pick up that discussion. Then, Mother’s Day is this weekend! In honor of that celebration, we welcome Melissa DeCesare, a Vice President at Edison Research, to discuss their Moms and Media 2019 study. From the technology moms use to the...

Duration:00:23:42

The Aftermath

5/3/2019
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On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, we drill down into the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll results on the subject. From investigations to impeachment, the Poll Hub team reveals what Americans want Congress to do next and the potential impact of the Mueller report on the 2020 presidential election. Then, we get personal. Our intrepid Poll Hub editor and Marist College student, Kenneth Marples, will graduate later this month. This week, he joins the Poll Hub table to discuss...

Duration:00:27:57

Census Showdown

4/26/2019
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The debate over the inclusion of a citizenship question in the 2020 U.S. Census is now before the U.S. Supreme Court. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we discuss the importance of the decision both politically and in the world of polling. Then, NPR’s Lead Political Editor Domenico Montanaro joins the Poll Hub crew! He’s talking about the 2020 Democratic field, the Mueller report, and of course, polls! About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what...

Duration:00:28:28

Tick, Tick, Tick

4/17/2019
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Three in four Americans told the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll they want the full report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to be released. Will this week’s redacted version suffice? Can the nation move on? What does the release mean for the Trump Administration and for President Donald Trump’s job approval rating? We take on those questions and more on this week’s episode of Poll Hub. Then, does the use of data differ when strategizing for a not-for-profit organization versus...

Duration:00:21:16

All About Harry

4/12/2019
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He’s one of Poll Hub’s favorite guests. Harry Enten, Senior Writer and Analyst for CNN Politics, is back on the podcast this week to discuss all things 2020. From the indicators he’s tracking to assess the Democratic primary field to the polls, prognosticators, and the unique impact social media is having this election cycle, Enten shares his unique insights with the Poll Hub team. About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and...

Duration:00:21:25

In Charge

4/5/2019
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Though a 10-year veteran of Gallup, Mohamed Younis has served as the organization’s editor in chief for just four months. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Younis joins the discussion to share his vision for the future of Gallup and how he is working to preserve the legacy of founder George Gallup. But first, a look at what, if anything, history can tell us about the state of the 2020 election contest. Can polls, at this point in the race, be an indicator of who will be the Democratic...

Duration:00:23:51

A Campaign Insider’s Look at the 2020 Presidential Election

3/29/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Jefrey Pollock, President of Global Strategy Group, joins the roundtable. Pollock, who is working with Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on her 2020 presidential bid, shares his thoughts on the implications of the Mueller report, the large field of Democratic candidates, and what President Donald Trump has going for him heading into 2020. But first, we breakdown the results of the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll about, what else, the Mueller...

Duration:00:29:22

A Podcast about Podcasts?

3/22/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, podcasting has marked a milestone. How? We speak with Tom Webster, Senior Vice President of Edison Research about the results of its latest Infinite Dial study. But first, President Donald Trump invoked recent poll numbers to bolster his argument that the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a “witch hunt.” Is President Trump’s assertion an appropriate use of the data? We take on that question and explain the outrage of some highly...

Duration:00:15:10

The Not So Daily Briefing

3/15/2019
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The White House Correspondents’ Association is probably best known for its annual black tie scholarship dinner. However, the organization’s mission is to defend a free press and to ensure journalists have the resources required to effectively cover the White House. In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Olivier Knox, President of the White House Correspondents’ Association and Chief Washington Correspondent for SiriusXM, shares the intricacies and nuances of covering the White House and what...

Duration:00:26:46

The Empire State Weighs in on 2020

3/11/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we break down the latest NBC 4 New York/Marist Poll numbers. Do New York Democrats want a 2020 presidential nominee who is more progressive or more moderate? With which Democratic candidates would New York Dems be the happiest as their party’s nominee? We’ll have that and more. Then, a favorite son or daughter in the fifty states? Lee has a theory. Plus, where in the world is Jay DeDapper? You don’t want to miss this episode of Poll Hub. About Poll...

Duration:00:23:10

Incumbent Problems?

3/1/2019
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Speculation of a Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump lurks as he prepares for his reelection campaign. In this episode of Poll Hub, we turn a historical eye to incumbent primary challenges and explain why approval rating matters but not in the conventional sense. Then, the number of pets in the United States… We’ll tell you why the figure is hard to determine. Don’t miss our discussion with Karin Brulliard, staff writer for The Washington Post. About Poll Hub Poll Hub...

Duration:00:20:39