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Poll Hub: What’s Up with the Polls in Virginia?


Poll Hub: What’s Up with the Polls in Virginia?

Why the polls in the race for Virginia governor are all over the map.

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With few major statewide elections on the ballot this year, the Virginia governor’s race is front and center, but there is little agreement among the polls about the contest.

In this edition of Poll Hub, the team digs deep into the polls’ methodologies and explains the “special sauce” behind each poll. Understand how the widespread experimentation in polling is complicating survey research today and why it is critical to examine the samples and weighting factors used by public opinion polls. Plus, the Poll Hub team explains the difference between party identification and registration and why weighting by party is a recipe for disaster.

Then, part two of Poll Hub’s interview with New York Times reporter Amy Chozick.

Chozick discusses whether the public image portrayed by the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton reflected what was really going on inside the campaign operations. And, Chozick also takes an introspective look at what the press might have done differently in their campaign coverage of Clinton and Donald Trump.

Why did Clinton consider Bernie Sanders a more difficult opponent than Donald Trump? And, why did Hillary Clinton ultimately lose the presidential contest in 2016? Chozick shares her thoughts with the Poll Hub team.

Plus, how you can help Chozick name her yet to be titled book!

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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