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Poll Hub: What’s in a Number?


Poll Hub: What’s in a Number?

Providing Scientific Meaning to a Much Discussed Poll Finding

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The release of our latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll generated extra attention. Poll watchers, including President Donald Trump, took note of an increase in the proportion of Latino Americans who say they approve of Trump’s job performance. In this week’s episode of Poll Hub, we provide context to that finding, explain what it means and what it does not mean, and share some of the challenges of polling the U.S. Latino community. (Check out the Pew Research Institute for more information.)

Then, citizenship and the U.S. Census. The Trump Administration’s decision to resurrect and include a question about citizenship in the 2020 U.S. Census has drawn ire and lawsuits. Recently, a federal judge in New York ruled against the addition of the question. But, that is far from the end of this debate. Where does the census go from here? What is at stake? And, what is at the center of the controversy? National Correspondent for NPR Hansi Lo Wang (@hansilowang) joins the discussion to share his expertise.

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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