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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Nov 18, 2022

The Polls Weren't Wrong & The Opioid Crisis

This year's quality polls were as good as they get. So how come critics are saying otherwise? Then, we're talking about a huge issue that gets very little attention: the ongoing opioid crisis. Finally, a fun fact for everyone!

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Nov 11, 2022

How Polls Did in the 2022 Midterms

Now that the votes are in and mostly counted, how did we do? We're looking at our results and those of other pollsters. We're also talking about how poll products like forecasters and aggregators misled people about the likelihood of a red wave. Finally, we head to a simpler time when pollsters asked about...THIS product?

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Nov 04, 2022

Final Battleground State Polls

We'll know soon enough! Election Day is less than a week away and we've been polling like crazy. We'll look into the data from our national poll AND our final three state battleground polls: GA, PA, and AZ. Then, we end with a NOT Fun Fact but results from a series of 1937 polls that seems very relevant right about now.

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Oct 28, 2022

Are We Cell Phone Addicts?

With Election Day closing fast, we take a close look at our new polls in battleground states Ohio and North Carolina. Then, data shows nearly every American has a cell phone and most of those are smartphones. Are we addicted? And Lee's fun fact is all about the season...literally!

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Oct 21, 2022

The White House & the Press

The relationship between the President and the reporters assigned to cover the White House has always been fraught. Has this relationship gotten better or worse in recent years? Our guest, veteran WH correspondent Steve Thomma, shares his take and the implications for American democracy. And, to end, Lee's Fun Fact offers some good food for thought.

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Oct 14, 2022

Battleground Bonanza

Another round of battleground state polls calls for another Poll Hub "deep dive!" This time, the team's taking a trip to Colorado & Texas before coming home to New York with our brand new poll results from each. We're seeing lots of voter enthusiasm, some possible upsets, and plenty of close races.

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Oct 07, 2022

Campaigning on Crime

Biden's Approval Rating is on the rise, but is it too late to help his fellow Dems in the midterms? Then, fearmongering versus fact. Republicans are making crime their main issue down the homestretch to November but do crime stats and the polls make this a smart play? Finally, it's our habit to end the show with one of Lee's Fun Facts, and that's exactly what we're talking about this week -- habits. Bad ones...

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Sep 30, 2022

Election Forecasts Are NOT Polls But Are Valuable

Next stop: Arizona and Pennsylvania! Our poll results are in and we dive deep into the data to explain what we're seeing. Then, Dan Rosenheck from The Economist talks about the difference between election polls and election forecasts (rain helps explain it), and what his forecasting model says at the 2022 midterms. We end with a Fun Fact about age and real estate -- where do you want to end up?

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Sep 23, 2022

Georgia + Ohio Battleground Polls

The Georgia and Ohio poll results are in and we take a look at who's ahead and who's neck and neck. Then, Stacey Vanek Smith joins to explore what we found in our poll of American family finances and the workplace. Finally, the high price of ___ in 1951 seems both quaint and totally current.

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Sep 16, 2022

The Second Civil War?

"Civil war" may be an oxymoron, but so is, perhaps, the "United States." We take a closer look into the possibility of a new civil war in America, what worries experts, and how can we stop it from happening.

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