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Poll Hub: It’s a Poll, or Is It?


Poll Hub: It’s a Poll, or Is It?

How poll consumers can tell when a so-called “poll” isn’t a scientific study

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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 seeks to inform political professionals, journalists, and educators about survey research in a visually-engaging way. Daniela Charter, Director of the Survey Center and Education Services at The Marist Poll, provides an overview of this new, online series of courses. Oh, and it’s free, too!

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 College 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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