What the Heck Is Pebbles and Pundits?
No, this isn’t your chance to stone the pollsters. Our name, Pebbles and Pundits, blends aspects of two cultures historically rich in intellect and innovation. Here’s how.
In Greek, psephology means the study of elections. At its root is pseph which means pebble or ballot. In ancient times, Greek citizens were required to present a pebble to cast their votes. It’s the most rudimentary way of gauging public opinion, and while the technology may have changed, our goal at the Marist Poll is the same — to identify current trends by measuring what people think.
Now, let’s take a look at pundits. Okay, you’re probably thinking, “Why would anyone want to draw so much attention to talking heads on their website?” We’ll tell you, but first, you’ll have to check your preconceptions at the door. The term, pundit, goes far beyond its current association with “talking head.” Pundit comes from a Hindi word that traces its origin back to Sanskrit where, pandita, means learned. Through the years, the definition has evolved to include explanations such as teacher, scholar, and authoritative commentator. So, we’re not saluting the “inside the Beltway talking heads.” Instead, we’re committing ourselves to bringing you cutting edge information from experts.
At the Marist Poll, it’s our hope not only to provide you with our latest data, but to be your online poll bureau where you’ll find many sources and resources to satisfy your research needs and curiosity. Click around the site. You’ll discover the latest poll headlines as well as expert analyses of poll numbers, current events and pop culture from around the globe. Why? We’re here to help you educate yourself and form the best personal opinions you can.
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