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Geography Matters

In an increasingly politically polarized society, many people point a finger at gerrymandering as the cause. However, there may be an alternate answer. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Jonathan Rodden, Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, discusses his new book, Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide. Why can Democrats win the popular vote but fall short in taking control of the legislature? What...



Americans are still reeling nearly one week after the horrific mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Images of grieving loved ones, crime scene investigations, and memorial services have unfortunately become all too common in American society. Will these recent tragedies finally bring about change? In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, the team assesses Americans’ opinions about gun restrictions in the United States, including areas of consensus and the largest points of...


The Black Vote in the United States

The African American vote has become critical in presidential elections, especially in the race for the Democratic nomination. However, there are key moments in the history of the African American vote that catapulted it into such prominence. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Steve Kornacki (@stevekornacki), National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC and author of The Red and the Blue, joins the discussion. Kornacki dives into a newly released research project conducted by...


Is It The Economy, Stupid?

This week’s Poll Hub podcast digs deep into the data from our latest national survey. Why do majorities of Americans say President Trump is doing a good job on the economy but say they will definitely vote against him in 2020? The Poll Hub team has some possible answers. Then, the HuffPo’s (@HuffPostPol) Polling Editor Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) joins us from Washington to explain why so many pollsters are up in arms over a recent Axios post. The story reported on a poll about how...


Setting Standards

On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, Jennifer Agiesta, Director of Polling and Election Analytics for CNN, joins the team! Agiesta outlines CNN’s new requirements that polls need to meet in order to receive coverage at the network. What’s changed? What hasn’t? What kinds of polls just don’t make the cut? The Poll Hub team has the answer. Then, the final word (for now) on the U.S. Census controversy. About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works,...



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...


U.S. Census: The Decision

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...



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...


The Centennial

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....


The Abortion Debate in the United States

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...


The Life & Legacy of Barbara Bush

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...


Prejudice in the United States

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...



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...


Buyer Beware

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...


Countdown to the Debates

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...


The Aftermath

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...


Census Showdown

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...


Tick, Tick, Tick

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...


All About Harry

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...


In Charge

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...