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Oh, Iowa!

1/17/2020
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It’s feast or famine! A bunch of new Iowa polls have been released, but their results greatly differ. Why, and can we accurately get a sense of where the Iowa contest stands? We pick up those questions on Poll Hub. But, first, Tuesday was the last chance Iowa caucus-goers had to see the candidates on the debate stage. We share our thoughts on the debate and what the debate means leading into the all-important Iowa caucuses. And, don’t forget to check out our series of free, short online...

Duration:00:23:03

The Polling Push

1/10/2020
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On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, Nate Cohn, domestic correspondent for The Upshot at The New York Times, joins the team. Few polls have been released since the last Democratic primary debate, and supporters of the lower-tier candidates are in an uproar. We discuss why this poll shortage has occurred and whether the criticism is warranted. Plus, we re-visit the use of public opinion polls as debate criteria and whether there is a viable alternative. And, don’t forget to...

Duration:00:22:19

The Field

1/3/2020
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On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, the incomparable Charlie Cook, Editor and Publisher of The Cook Political Report and Political Analyst for the National Journal Group, joins the team. From the Democrats’ strategy of electability to the states critical to the general election contest, Cook offers his astute observations. 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 behind the...

Duration:00:22:44

Blacked Out

12/27/2019
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On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, traditionally, pollsters do not release pre-election polls on Election Day, but that could be changing. We discuss why and assess the rules other countries have in place prohibiting the release of such polls around the time voters head to the polls. Then, it’s time for two Marist Poll traditions. We discuss the results of our most annoying word or phrase poll and our New Year’s resolutions survey. Don’t miss this one! Plus, don’t forget to...

Duration:00:18:24

Breaking It Down

12/20/2019
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Two stories dominate the news headlines – impeachment and the 2020 Presidential Election. On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we go behind the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll results and offer insight into where public opinion stands on these two historic events. Then, Stephen Rogers, Executive Director of Deloitte’s Consumer Industry Center, joins the team to discuss the 34th annual Deloitte holiday retail survey. From preferred shopping method to resale gifts, Rogers digs deep into the...

Duration:00:23:00

A View from the Hill

12/13/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers’ Chief Congressional Correspondent, joins the discussion. From partisan messaging to the strategies of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Lightman offers a unique perspective on the proceedings. Then, we turn to the 2020 presidential election. Can the candidates get their supporters to influence public opinion polls? We explain on this week’s episode of Poll Hub. Plus, don’t forget to...

Duration:00:21:23

Lessons Learned?

12/6/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, it’s almost 2020. So, why are some people still focusing on 2016 pre-election polls? We pick up that question. And, lawmakers are seeking to curb those irritating robocalls. But, could survey research be impacted? We explain. Plus, don’t forget to check out our series of free, short online courses. It’s called The Marist Poll Academy (https://academy.maristpoll.marist.edu/). About Poll Hub Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what...

Duration:00:13:37

The Vape Debate

11/25/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, polls and the debate over vaping. Lots of poll numbers are being tossed around to support arguments for and against the use of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. We sort out the quality surveys from the bad. Then, it’s a taboo topic around most dinner tables -- money and marriage. We take a look at a longitudinal study which assesses a husband’s stress level when his wife earns a little too much money. Um, can we say traditional gender roles? Plus,...

Duration:00:24:26

Digging In

11/22/2019
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On this week’s episode of our podcast, Poll Hub, the information presented in the impeachment inquiry is reinforcing Americans’ views about whether or not to impeach President Donald Trump. What will it take to sway those views? We break down the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll results. And, Tamara Keith, NPR’s White House Correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast, joins the discussion. We’re talking impeachment, the Democratic primary, and softball. Plus, don’t forget to...

Duration:00:28:04

Delusions of Grandeur?

11/15/2019
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On this week’s episode of Poll Hub, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is testing the 2020 waters. What are his chances of securing the Democratic nomination? Hear our analysis. And, Gallup released new numbers about voter enthusiasm heading into 2020. What it means (and doesn’t mean) for voter turnout. That’s on this week’s episode of Poll Hub. Plus, don’t forget to check out our series of free, short online courses. It’s called The Marist Poll Academy...

Duration:00:18:00

A Poll Symphony or Cacophony?

11/7/2019
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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...

Duration:00:21:25

Party Representation

11/1/2019
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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 Academy...

Duration:00:23:05

The Transformation of the Republican Party

10/25/2019
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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?...

Duration:00:28:45

True or False?

10/17/2019
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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...

Duration:00:23:24

The Triple Threat for Trump

10/11/2019
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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...

Duration:00:28:17

Impeachment Then and Now

10/4/2019
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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 common...

Duration:00:24:23

Impeachment Inquiry

9/26/2019
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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 polls...

Duration:00:17:38

It’s a Poll, or Is It?

9/20/2019
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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...

Duration:00:21:10

Oh, Those Dems!

9/13/2019
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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 share...

Duration:00:26:00

Caucus Chaos?

9/6/2019
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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...

Duration:00:20:25