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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Dec 03, 2021

American Inflation & Self Defense Laws

With America’s inflation rate on the rise and Biden’s approval rating on the decline, we're looking outward to see how other countries and world leaders are faring in comparison. Then, the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal and the convictions in the Ahmaud Arbery trials, both on the claims of self-defense, raise a bigger question: have we moved from talking about gun control to how legal it should be for civilians to kill other civilians?

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Nov 26, 2021

Americans' Economic Concerns & Women's Sports

Our new NPR/Marist Poll digs into the top economic concerns of Americans and how the Build Back Better bill may - or may not - impact Joe Biden's falling approval ratings. Then, we talk with the Director of the Center for Sports Communication at Marist College to look at our recent poll on women’s sports.

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Nov 19, 2021

China Shock & What the World Thinks of the U.S.

China's rise as an economic powerhouse has had huge impacts on the American economy, workers, and politics. But what if we've been looking at it all wrong? And, what does the rest of the industrialized world think of us? What the data shows and why it's so worrisome.

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Nov 12, 2021

Getting Granular With Climate Change Public Opinion

There’s been a lot of polling of Americans’ opinions about nearly every aspect of climate change but a new tool developed at Yale is providing new insights. The Yale Climate Opinion Maps show opinions on a range of questions from the national all the way down to the county level. Also, our America Now Index is back. We explain what’s changed and what the latest numbers say about how Americans are feeling about the state of the nation.

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Nov 05, 2021

November Elections Fallout & The State of Democracy

Were the election results in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere earthquakes? Jessica Taylor, the Senate and Governors Editor for The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, joins us to discuss. Next, we talk about one of the most shocking findings in our new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. Finally, we look to the polls to answer the age-old question: dogs or cats?

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Oct 29, 2021

Who Do Americans Trust?

If, or when, the Democrats get a bill passed to enact portions of Joe Biden’s big agenda, will Americans support it and give the party credit? Then, a look at what’s happened to Americans’ trust in ourselves. And we end with a fun fact that’s perfect for the season.

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Oct 21, 2021

Poll Hub Live!

A special hour-long episode of Poll Hub recorded live with a virtual audience starts off with a look at the partisan realignment in America and interesting new poll data about what makes a Republican a Republican and a Democrat a Democrat in 2021. We explore why troubling trends in journalism and polling are meeting – and making both worse in the process. Also, what’s happening to polling in our hyperpartisan era? And we end with a sweet fun fact from Lee.

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Oct 14, 2021

How’s Kathy Hochul Doing With New Yorkers?

She’s only been in office for about 7 weeks but so far, so good for New York Governor Kathy Hochul. But what if she runs in 2022? Could Andrew Cuomo be the comeback kid? Plus, our special guest is AEI’s Daniel Cox to discuss his fascinating new report on K-12 education in the era of COVID and the culture wars.

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Oct 08, 2021

American Opinions About the Texas Abortion Law

New data from the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll shows how Americans feel about key elements of the highly restrictive Texas abortion law that a federal judge recently ruled against. With the Supreme Court in session and abortion on the agenda, it’s an eye-opening look at what Americans think. We also dig into a new report that puts hard numbers to something many of us suspect – social media isn’t just riling us up, it’s driving us apart.

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Oct 01, 2021

New Polls on Biden and COVID + Polling Accuracy

This week is all about polling! First, the team breaks down the data from our latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. Then, it is all about COVID vaccine polling and how it provides a rare opportunity for pollsters like us. Finally, we look at one of the most controversial debates of our age: Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks?

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