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Poll Hub: The Future of Public Opinion Polls

Will the polls become electoral police?

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With trust in the U.S. electoral system waning and indications of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election looming, could public opinion polls assume a new role in American democracy?

In the 1930’s George Gallup envisioned the majority viewpoint as having a place in the dialogue of democracy. Eight decades later, polls are judged by their accuracy in predicting the elections. But, what if interference occurs in the electoral process? Could public opinion polls be used, as in emerging democracies, to validate election outcomes? Poll Hub picks up that question.

And then, tax reform in the United States.

According to the most recent Marist Poll, a majority of Americans disapprove of the tax reform bill set forth by congressional Republicans. And, that is a sentiment which reverberates across polls, regardless of the organization who conducted the survey.

Just how historically unpopular is this plan? Who stands to benefit? And, where do legislators go from here?

Poll Hub has the answers.

About Poll Hub

Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and what the numbers really mean. Poll Hub is produced by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of America’s leading independent college public opinion poll, The Marist Poll. Lee Miringoff (Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion), Barbara Carvalho (Director of the Marist Poll) and Jay DeDapper (Director of Innovation at The Marist Poll) dig deep to give you a look at the inner workings of polls and what they tell us about our world, our country, and ourselves.

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