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A Poll Symphony or Cacophony?

On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, our crackerjack team of experts assesses the latest national and state Democratic primary polls. What do they mean in this stage of the race? And, the proportions may have changed, but the Democratic National Committee continues to use public opinion polls as a criteria for making the debate stage. Hear our take. Plus, don’t forget to check out our series of free, short online courses. It’s called The Marist Poll Academy. About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes...


Party Representation

On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we speak with Courtney Kennedy, Director of Survey Research for Pew Research Center. The topic on the table is why polls do not include the same number of Republicans and Democrats. And, yes, they are representative. Then, we turn to sample size. A recent survey caught our eye for the wrong reasons. We explain on this week’s episode of Poll Hub. And, don’t forget to check out our series of free, short online courses. It’s called The Marist Poll...


The Transformation of the Republican Party

On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Jonah Goldberg (@JonahDispatch) – Editor-in-Chief of The Dispatch, host of The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg podcast, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute, and former Senior Editor of National Review magazine – assesses the state of conservatism today. Has President Donald Trump permanently changed the Republican Party? How do Republicans perceive personal character?...


True or False?

On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, President Donald Trump recently blasted the Fox News Poll after it showed majority support for impeachment. Was the criticism warranted? And, following the president’s criticism, the New York Post released its own analysis of the poll. But, was that analysis scientifically rigorous and accurate? Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy), Staff Reporter and Polling Editor for HuffPost, shares her take. Then, it’s off to the mailbag. We’re answering comments and...


The Triple Threat for Trump

The impeachment process has three prongs – the inquiry, impeachment, and the Senate’s vote to convict and remove the president from office. The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll has newly released data on President Trump and impeachment and gauges Americans’ attitudes about each facet of the process. We dig deep into that data on this week’s Poll Hub, discuss the nuances, and consider what this all means for President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and the 2020 presidential...


Impeachment Then and Now

In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, Carl P. Leubsdorf, Washington Columnist for The Dallas Morning News, who previously served as the paper’s Washington bureau chief, joins the discussion. In his column, Leubsdorf compares and contrasts the impeachment proceedings of Watergate with the House of Representative’s impeachment inquiry into the actions of President Donald Trump. We have the details. But first, the avalanche of impeachment polls is upon us. What do they say, and is there a...


Impeachment Inquiry

In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, the fallout. In the aftermath of the announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the House of Representatives would launch a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll has brand new numbers out. Do Americans approve of the inquiry? Do they want the whistleblower to appear before Congress? We dive into the numbers. About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what...


It’s a Poll, or Is It?

Not all polls are created equal. In fact, some so-called “polls” aren’t even polls. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we call out a recent “poll” that received a good deal of attention from one cable news channel. What were the methodological pitfalls? Our team breaks it down. And, speaking of poll education, The Marist Poll has a new educational initiative! The Marist Poll Academy seeks to inform political professionals, journalists, and educators about survey research in a...


Oh, Those Dems!

In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we dive deep into brand new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll results. Topping the rundown: perceptions of the Democratic candidates. In terms of favorability, Elizabeth Warren runs circles around her Democratic challengers among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, but attitudes shift when looking at the broader electorate. We explain. And, the NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll shows consistent support for gun restrictions in the United States. We...


Caucus Chaos?

In an attempt to ensure cyber security, the Democratic National Committee has disallowed Iowa’s plans to conduct virtual caucuses. What does this mean for Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status? Hear our take. Then, Patrick Moynihan, Associate Director of International Research Methods at the Pew Research Center, joins the discussion. Have you ever wondered how polls are conducted in a foreign country? Moynihan sheds light on the considerations and challenges and breaks down what Pew’s Global...


Cut the Criteria

All eyes turned to the polls this week as the qualification deadline for the third Democratic Primary Debate came and went. But, should polls be used as debate criteria? That’s the question we pick up on in this week’s episode of Poll Hub. Then, presidential job approval ratings are often fodder for conversation, but do pundits and the public put too much stock in that figure, especially during an election cycle? Hear our take on this week’s Poll Hub. About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind...



Nevada falls early on the 2020 presidential primary and caucus calendar. So, why are there so few polls about the Democratic contest? In this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, we speak with Jon Ralston, Editor of the Nevada Independent. Ralston shares the significance of Nevada in the electoral process, dispels some of the myths, and explains the changes the Nevada Democratic Party has made to the 2020 caucuses in the Silver State. Oh! Be sure to check out the Nevada Independent’s...


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...