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Poll Hub: The Opioid Crisis in America


Poll Hub: The Opioid Crisis in America

How America’s latest drug problem hits close to home.

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The opioid epidemic in the United States is no secret to most Americans. According to a sweeping survey by the PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll, addiction to prescription opioid painkillers such as oxycodone, is a problem that affects 54% of Americans. In fact, about one in four Americans say someone in their own family suffers from this addiction.

In this episode of Poll Hub, the team examines how this crisis compares with the crack epidemic in the late 1980’s, whether the United States is doing enough to stop this problem, and whether Americans think there is an end in sight.

But first, Poll Hub addresses the savage massacre by the Las Vegas shooter.

While this most recent act of violence brings new terms like “bump stock” into the conversation about gun laws, the historic polarization about the Second Amendment remains. However, as Poll Hub explains, consensus exists on the granular level of the debate.

Finally, Poll Hub concludes this episode with a very special interview. In part one of a two part interview, Poll Hub interviews New York Times reporter Amy Chozick. Chozick, who covered Hillary Clinton in the 2008 and 2016 presidential campaigns, has penned a unique new memoir about her experiences on the campaign and stopped by to give the students of Dr. Lee M. Miringoff, Director of The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, a preview.

The Poll Hub team turns the tables on Chozick and asks her questions about her book, whether or not she perceived a turning point in the 2016 Clinton campaign and the role of the polls in the election.

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 (political journalist and tech entrepreneur) 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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