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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May 26, 2023

Will Texas Turn Purple THIS Time?

Democrats have been hoping Texas might turn purple -- if not blue -- for almost a decade but to no avail. Will Sen. Ted Cruz's 2024 challenger turn the red tide? Also, in our latest poll, we find Americans side with Biden on how to handle the debt limit increase debate, but we also find it's not likely to help him much. And, we end with a fun fact about America's most loved...and hated...baseball team. Guess who?

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May 19, 2023

No College and No Recycling?!

Pandemic fallout: More young people are choosing not to go to college and that could be a big problem for them -- and the economy. Then, what happens to all that stuff you're recycling? Data shows it might not go where you expect. Finally, school's almost out so we head back to 1949 for a question about...summer school!

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May 12, 2023

Culture Shock: Gallup's Take on the New Workplace

This week, we get a sneak peek at a new book from the team at Gallup. Culture Shock looks at the post-pandemic work world through the lens of data. Then, the team dives into a new Washington Post/ABC News poll that shows Biden is trailing behind both Trump and DeSantis. Is this the case or is there more to this story? This week's fun fact gives appreciation to Mother's Day. Sorry, dad!

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May 05, 2023

Have We Legalized Weed Too Soon?

Have states moved too far too fast on legalized marijuana? New health research is getting people to ask the question. Next, does Gen Z have it tougher than their parents? We convened a panel of Gen Z students (well, ok, our three student producers) to discuss. And, we finish the way every meal should. With ice cream in our fun fact segment!

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Apr 28, 2023

The Shrinking Racial Employment Gap

This time on Poll Hub, our latest poll with NPR and the PBS NewsHour has gotten a lot of attention and the team is breaking down all the data. You'll want to listen, this poll is jam-packed. Also, for the better part of half a century white workers have enjoyed higher rates of employment than black workers, but new data show this gap might be shrinking. Finally, this week's fun fact looks at only children and twins. What's worse?!?

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Apr 21, 2023

Working Less & Are We Really So Independent?

Are 49% of Americans political independents? According to Axios and Gallup, they are, but Phillip Bump, Charles Franklin, and we say otherwise. Then, people are working less than they were pre-pandemic. Has our work-life balance shifted? The team investigates with the guy who coined the term "The Great Resignation." And finally, we end with a special fun fact that will have you feeling nostalgic about nostalgia.

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Apr 14, 2023

Democracy in Tennessee & Is Chat GPT Fibbing?

What do Americans think about Tennessee Republicans kicking out two Black Democrats from the state legislature? Then, ChatGPT is pretty miraculous but it also seems to be pretty "creative" -- as in making stuff up. Finally, we look at America's favorite sport in 1937 and then in 2021. Is it the same?

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Apr 07, 2023

Trump's Indictment and Dying Young

Trump's been indicted, but will it make any difference to GOP voters? Americans are dying younger, AND younger Americans are dying more frequently. New data shows a grim picture about life expectancy in the US. E.T. phone hoommeee... This week's fun fact is out of this world.

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Mar 31, 2023

Trump, Healthcare, & Drag Shows

This episode, we're breaking down the juiciest issues from our latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. Then, with another tragic mass school shooting in the news, we look at red flag laws and how people feel about them. But also, if they're actually effective. And, we finish off with a patriotic fun fact. If you had to redo the national anthem... who would write it?

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Mar 24, 2023

Pollster Rankings

We can't complain about getting an "A" from FiveThirtyEight's pollster ranking, but plenty of people in the polling business question whether the rankings do more harm than good. Finally, what's your favorite decade of music? That's our fun fact this week.

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