Poll Hub Podcast

Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and what the numbers really mean.

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Sep 10, 2021

Unprecedented Texas Abortion Law Meets Long-Term Public Opinion

How does Texas’s new, controversial abortion ban align with Americans’ views on the procedure? Also, why is it so tricky to poll in California? It’s a timely question with Governor Gavin Newsom facing a special recall election next week.

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Sep 03, 2021

Biden Approval Slides on Afghanistan Pullout

Americans largely approve of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal but don’t much like how Biden handled it. And, even as Biden’s approval on handling COVID drops, vaccinations are going up and most vaccinated Americans say they’re ready for a booster. Plus, how the Census defines “white” could change how we poll.

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Aug 27, 2021

Vaccine Approval & Mandates: What Will it Take?

The FDA has approved the Pfizer vaccine triggering vaccine mandates from employers, government agencies, universities, and businesses. Will it get more people to take the shot? Also, where do Americans stand on the CDC’s eviction moratorium?

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Aug 20, 2021

The End of a Long War: Afghanistan

Afghanistan is in turmoil after the withdrawal of US troops, bringing what appears to be a nasty end to America’s longest war. Will it change how Americans feel about our role in the conflict? Plus the big changes in America detected by the new Census data.

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Aug 13, 2021

Cuomo’s End of the Road

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced his resignation from office this week. The Poll Hub team discusses how New Yorkers view Cuomo as he exits the New York political scene. Plus, is President Joe Biden’s job approval rating on shaky ground? That’s on this week’s agenda.

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Aug 06, 2021

The Friendship Deficit?

The Poll Hub team discusses a new study from the Survey Center on American Life about the nature of friendships in the United States. The Center’s director, Daniel A. Cox, joins the team to share the study’s fascinating findings.

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Jul 30, 2021

The Forgotten Public Health Crisis?

Four major pharmaceutical companies reached a multi-billion dollar settlement for their role in the opioid crisis in the United States. We discuss the state of this epidemic and the role of COVID-19.

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Jul 23, 2021

The Report is Out

The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) has just released its in-depth analysis of the 2020 election polls. Dr. Josh Clinton, Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University, chaired the committee and joins the Poll Hub team to discuss the report’s findings.

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Jul 16, 2021

The Battle Over Voting Rights

Democratic members of the Texas House of Representatives have left the state to prevent Republican-led legislation restricting voting rights from moving forward. The Poll Hub team discusses public opinion surrounding the issue. And, what was behind Joe Biden’s 2020 win? The team looks at a new report from the Pew Research Center.

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Jul 09, 2021

It’s Up to You, NYC Dems?

The Poll Hub team discusses the results of New York City’s ranked-choice Democratic primary for mayor and the implications on the national stage. Then, the Biden Administration’s goal of meeting a 70% vaccination rate by July 4th fell short. What does it mean in the fight against COVID-19 and for President Joe Biden’s political future? The team discusses.

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