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Not Your Typical College Students

In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, a very special interview with Marist College students, Amelia Morel ‘21 and Alexandria Watts ‘20. Morel and Watts, students participating in The Marist Poll’s newly minted Newsfeed program, received the opportunity on Election Night to assist in The Marist Poll’s election analysis from WCBS NewsRadio 880. What were their impressions of this unique educational opportunity? How did this experience fit into their larger career goals, and what the heck is...


And the Count Goes On

Forget Election Night! How about Election Week or Election Month? As more votes are counted, the narrative from Election Day has shifted, indicating a larger wave for the Democrats than first reported on Election Night. What does this mean for pollsters, prognosticators, and journalists as they (gulp) look ahead to the 2020 presidential election? Senior Writer and Analyst for CNN Politics Harry Enten re-joins the Poll Hub table to help us break it all down. Then, our team shares the...


It Happened One Election Night

In this episode of Poll Hub, the 2018 Midterm Elections are in the rear view mirror. What happened? How did the polls do? What were the surprises, and what’s next? Our crackerjack team breaks it all down. And Pundit-Palooza Part 2! In our last episode, we assembled a group of the nation’s most prominent political journalists to offer their expectations for the Midterm Elections. They also took a look forward and shared their observations about 2020 and more! Our thanks again to: Chuck...



We're calling it Pundit Palooza! It's the biggest episode for the Poll Hub team to date. With just days to go until the midterm elections, we've turned to six of the nation's most prominent journalists to share their expectations for Tuesday night's election returns. Which are the races to watch? Which themes will emerge as the returns come in? What will we be talking about on Wednesday morning? Our expert panelists weigh in. Our midterm election roundup features: Chuck Todd, NBC News’...


Early Voters Head to the Polls

Midterm election voting is already underway in many states. What information can we gather from the early vote tallies? What are the pitfalls analysts can encounter? On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Michael McDonald (@ElectProject on Twitter), Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida and the man behind the U.S. Elections Project, joins the crew to share his expertise. Plus, our Marist Poll team has new poll numbers out. We break down our latest national...


Exit Polls

The exit polls have drawn criticism in past elections, especially in 2016. Is there a value in conducting exit polls? Have there been any changes made to the process? And, what the heck do terms like “leaning,” “too close to call,” and “too early to call” actually mean? We speak with “Mr. Exit Poll” Joe Lenski, co-founder and Executive Vice President of Edison Research, who conducts the exit polls on Election Day. About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling...


Election 2018: Nevada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

Nevada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin – three states that will be critical during this year’s midterm elections. On this week’s Poll Hub, the team goes behind the numbers of the latest NBC News/Marist Polls of Nevada, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Among which groups is enthusiasm for the midterm elections strongest? Where do the candidates need to make inroads? And, did the contentious Senate confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh make a difference in the court of public opinion? We have...


The Kavanaugh Effect

The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll has been closely tracking Americans’ opinions of the testimonies of Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. But, beyond the sexual harassment allegations and the FBI investigation, are there implications for the midterm elections? We take a look at the latest poll numbers. Plus it’s a poll controversy (no not a political scandal) in New Jersey. Why did the Stockton University Poll draw fire for its latest survey of the New Jersey Senate race...


The Red and the Blue

In this special edition of Poll Hub, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki joins the round table! Kornacki offers insight into his soon-to-be released book, The Red and the Blue: The 1990’s and the Birth of Political Tribalism. Kornacki regales the listener with powerful stories of some of the era’s most recognizable players – Bill Clinton, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, and even Donald Trump – and explains how their emergence onto the political scene more than twenty years ago laid the foundation for...


Election Security (Ep 61)

From interference from foreign countries such as Russia to domestic voter fraud and obstacles to the voting process, the latest NPR/Marist Poll gauges Americans’ attitudes about the safety of the U.S. electoral process. On this episode of Poll Hub, NPR’s Brett Neely joins the team to discuss the impetus for this in-depth study and what it means for this year’s midterm elections. Plus, registration-based sampling. How did this method of sample selection hold up during the recent primaries in...


Tracking Trump (Ep 60)

Some national polls are showing President Donald Trump’s job approval rating on the decline. Has the president’s rating really been bouncing up and down or is it all in the timing? The NPR/Marist Poll does show a drop in the president’s approval score among those in one very significant part of the country. The Poll Hub team explains. Plus Democrats have a growing advantage in the generic ballot question. We dive deep into the numbers. And it’s time to get real (time) about polling! The...


Midterm Poll-iferation (Ep 59)

Rack ‘em up! The Marist Poll and battleground state polling partner NBC News have completed a dozen state polls since the beginning of the summer. On tap this week – Missouri, Indiana, and Tennessee. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, the team takes a close look at the dynamics driving the contests. High on the list is Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill’s re-election bid. According to the NBC News/Marist Poll, only four points separate McCaskill from her Republican challenger Josh Hawley....


Arizona & Florida: Breaking Down the Primary Results (Ep 58)

That’s a wrap! The Poll Hub team breaks down Tuesday’s midterm election primaries in Arizona and Florida. Was Martha McSally’s win in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Arizona really a slam dunk? And surprise! Andrew Gillum won the Democratic primary for Florida governor. What happened? Plus the Poll Hub team shares their personal memories of the late Arizona Senator John McCain. Are the polls ready for the 2018 general election season? What poll consumers need to watch as we...


Illinois, Texas & Pennsylvania: Elections 2018 (Ep 57)

Illinois, Texas and Pennsylvania are the latest trio in our midterm election battleground state polls with NBC News. In this episode of Poll Hub we break down the numbers and assess the relevance of these states as we head into the thick of the election season. Pennsylvania shocked the nation in the 2016 presidential election. So it’s no surprise that pollsters would turn to the Keystone State in 2018. But why survey the traditionally Republican state of Texas and the traditionally...


Trump v. Nixon for Lowest Approval Rating (Ep 56)

In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, a look at the midterm primary results in Minnesota and Wisconsin. How did the polls help inform in the days and weeks leading up to these primaries? Why does timing matter? We have the answers. Plus, he’s baaack! Harry Enten, Senior Writer and Analyst for CNN Politics, returns to the Poll Hub table. Enten recently asked the Marist Poll to survey President Donald Trump’s job performance on a scale from excellent to poor. Enten explains why that question...


An Interview with Senator Charles Schumer (Ep 55)

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) joins this week’s episode of Poll Hub. In this critical midterm election cycle for Democrats Senator Schumer assesses his party’s chances of reclaiming Congress, shares why he thinks the battle for the House and the Senate is close, and discusses what the Democrats are doing to prevent Russian interference in this year’s elections. And President Donald Trump’s appointment of Brett Kavanugh to the United States Supreme Court… Senator Schumer...


Answering the Critics’ Questions (Ep 54)

Following the release of The Marist Poll’s latest midterm battleground state polls with NBC News covering Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota, social media comments questioned the Poll’s methodology and accuracy. In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we address some of our critics’ comments and answer their questions. The topics on the table include weighting by education, balancing to party identification, and interview mode. About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how...


Polls, Polls, and More Polls (Ep 53)

The Marist Poll has just released comprehensive data both nationally and in the upper Midwest. In this edition of Poll Hub, the team provides a detailed analysis of the electoral climate. In the latest NBC News/Marist Poll numbers of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, President Donald Trump’s approval rating is upside down. Trump surprised pundits when he narrowly carried Michigan in 2016. With an open seat governor’s race on the line, Senator Debbie Stabenow up for her fourth term, and...


Trump Putin Fallout (Ep 52)

Following the Trump/Putin Summit and the President's European allies trip, there has been bipartisan outrage over Trump's friendliness towards Russia. Some have called the President's performance traitorous, disgusting, worrisome - but there's no evidence that Congress, led by Republicans, will actually do anything. And that's probably smart politics on their part. And why did 538.com's Nate Silver describe the Axios story on their own Survey Monkey poll of battleground state Senate races...


The Kavanaugh Nomination (Ep 51)

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh this week to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the United States Supreme Court. In this episode of Poll Hub, the team enlists the expertise of Marist College President and legal expert David Yellen. Prior to his arrival at Marist College, President Yellen served as Dean and Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for 11 years and was a member of the faculty and served as Dean at Hofstra Law School. President...