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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Aug 05, 2022

Kansas Abortion Stunner + Housing Cost Crisis

"What's the matter with Kansas?"...has become "Who expected that from Kansas?" This week, Kansas voters overwhelmingly voted against a proposed amendment to the state constitution to remove protections for abortion rights. What does that portend for the midterms? Then, the U.S. has been facing some extreme weather and Americans are finally taking notice of climate change. But is it too little, too late? Next, New York Times journalist Emily Badger joins to talk about the current housing market and the American struggle to find affordable housing. Finally, Lee's Fun Fact looks at the heatwave of 1955. Can you guess the temperature?

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Jul 29, 2022

Young Dems & Biden: Where’s the Love?

Broadly speaking, young Democrats are not Joe Biden fans. Why are they so unhappy and what could it mean for the midterms and beyond? The Economist data journalist Elliott Morris joins to talk about that and his new book. It’s all about the polling biz and why it’s a critical part of a functioning democracy.

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Jul 22, 2022

Jan. 6 Hearings Fallout & Inflation Woes

This week's Poll Hub looks at the American divide over the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the impact of the hearings that have followed. Then, prices are rising and Americans say it’s their top issue going into the midterms. Finally, are you a name or face person? For Lee’s Fun Fact, we asked an old question on a recent poll to see if things have changed.

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Jul 15, 2022

Healthcare Debt & American Funk

This week's Poll Hub looks at the impact healthcare debt is having on Americans. Then, America is in a funk. Pride in the country is at a record low. Americans are unhappy with the state of the country, but don't agree on why. Finally, are high prices making you rethink your summer vacation plans? This week's Fun Fact heads back to the 50's to see how much a family trip cost then.

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Jul 08, 2022

Now What? The End of Roe v. Wade

Two weeks after the Supreme Court voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, we take a closer look at our data with our special guest and Professor of Law at Penn State University, Dara E. Purvis, to discuss the decision and its implications for the country. Then, we dive into state politics with a closer look at Governor Kathy Hochul’s sweeping victory in the New York Democratic primary. Will she be able to help get Democrats elected in tough congressional races this fall? Finally, America was very divided in the 50s...over bubblegum

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Jun 15, 2022

Gun Deal & Jan. 6 Hearings: What the Polls Say

Weeks after the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, we take a closer look at our recent polling data on guns with CNN and Atlantic contributor Ron Brownstein. Then, Ron helps us answer the question, "Will the January 6th hearings make any difference to most Americans?" Finally, Ron goes Hollywood with his new book on the intersection of pop culture and politics in 70s L.A.

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Jun 10, 2022

Leadership Lessons From an Expert

He's a doctor and an organizational leader. That gives Dr. Stanley Harris, author of The People Value Proposition: See one, Do one, Teach one... LEAD, A Physician's Journey to Leadership, a unique perspective on leadership, diversity, and inclusion. In this special Poll Hub, we speak with Dr. Harris to learn from one of the best.

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Jun 03, 2022

Jobs vs. Inflation & Title IX at 50

The jobs picture in America is pretty close to the best ever but Americans are unhappy about the economy because of inflation. Why are they focused on the bad news and not the good? And, Title IX's 50th anniversary led us to poll on what people think of the landmark law today.

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May 27, 2022

Census Miscounts & Trump's Bad Primary Night

The Census Bureau has said it undercounted or overcounted the number of people in 14 states, including some big ones like Texas and New York. What does that mean for all the users of census data -- such as pollsters? Plus, what Trump's very bad awful primary election night says about his hold over the GOP.

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May 20, 2022

Mainstreaming Racism & Abortion Ruling Fallout

The mass shooting in Buffalo has put a spotlight on the racist "Great Replacement Theory" and how it has become mainstreamed in parts of the GOP. We look at how many Americans think it's true. Then, our brand-new poll with NPR and the PBS NewsHour has new data on what Americans think about the prospect of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade – including what they think of the Court itself and how it might impact the midterm elections in November. And, it’s almost time for summer vacations – where do you want to go?

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