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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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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Sep 24, 2021

New Polling Method at CNN & Changing White Evangelicals

Ever since 2016, the public opinion polling industry has been working to address growing challenges with election surveys. CNN is the latest to adopt new polling methods and the network’s Director of Polling and Election Analytics, Jennifer Agiesta, joins us to discuss. Then, we dig into what it means to be a “White Evangelical” in 2021. Is it more about politics than religion than it once was? Finally, we phone the 1930’s with our fun fact!

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Sep 17, 2021

Debt Limit Showdown and the 4-Day Workweek

Congress must increase the nation’s $28.4 trillion debt limit soon or there could be very serious consequences. Do Americans care? Then, we talk with Alex Pang about why the 4-day workweek is popular with workers...and increasingly with employers, too.

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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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