Since the 1970’s, there has been a sharp shift in the level of confidence Americans have in the institutions of the United States. What has changed, and why?
In this episode of Poll Hub, Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, Dr. Barbara L. Carvalho, Director of The Marist College Poll, and political journalist and tech entrepreneur, Jay DeDapper look closely at the recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll to highlight the institutions in which Americans have the most and least trust, compare it to historical trend data to uncover what accounts for the change in public opinion, and discuss what is needed to restore Americans’ confidence.
With some pointing a finger at the 2016 presidential election, public opinion polls are among the institutions in which Americans have the least amount of trust. What really happened with the polls in 2016? The Poll Hub team sets the record straight and distinguishes between the pollsters and the aggregators, explains where the narratives of the two differed, and provides a moral to the 2016 polling story.