11/22: Taking a Deeper Dive into Recent Congressional Generic Ballot Polls

At first glance, there seems to be a dramatic change in just a short time in the generic congressional ballot question.

2/8: Top 10 Reasons Pollsters Would Make Good Meteorologists

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff The top 10 reasons pollsters would make good meteorologists are: 10. When surprised by a wintry forecast, a pollster already has experience using a big shovel to dig out 9. If a tornado is in the forecast, a pollster can instruct everyone on how to spin 8. When in doubt […]

11/2: Passing the Baton

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff My class this semester on “The Presidential Campaign of 2016” at Marist College is a group of talented and enthusiastic undergraduates bringing their fresh perspective to voting, this unprecedented presidential election, and the state of American democracy.  It warms the political scientist side of my heart to interact with this […]

7/18: Beyond the Bounce

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff The GOP and Democratic political conventions are finally upon us.  They will be scored by the media for tone and how well each side makes its case to Americans.  No sooner will the gavel end these proceedings for campaign 2016, then those of us in the public opinion community will […]

1/30: The Enduring Value of Public Polls

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff In this primary season the only conclusion that makes sense is that very little has made sense.  Rigorous, scientific public polls have provided a very useful road map.  As fellow pollster Gary Langer has commented: although public polls, the good and the bad, are often mixed together like champagne, cola, […]

1/22: Top Ten Things Candidates Say When They Know They Are Down in the Polls

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff The top ten things candidates say when they know they are down in the polls are: 10) I’m right where I want to be. 9) Polls go up, polls go down. 8) I’m running neck and neck among _________ (fill in demographic group). 7) That’s not what our polls show. […]

1/8: A Psephologist’s Lament (And, You Can Look It Up)

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff Poll Watcher Season is upon us big time.  And, with it comes both the good and the bad.  Each election cycle resurrects some oldies about the failings of public polls and typically ushers in a few new critiques.  Expect 2016 to follow the same pattern. In an attempt to shed […]

4/14: Removing the Label of Inevitability?

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff The Hillary Clinton 1.0 “Listening Tour” and the 2.0 “Listening Tour” may be the same remedy from a campaign strategy point of view, but the circumstances are very different. When seeking the U.S. Senate from New York, although well-known, she had never sought elective office and had to prove herself […]

2/19: It’s Getting Later Earlier

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff Some time back, we added 24 x 7 and the permanent campaign to America’s political lexicon.  But, it sure seems like we are pushing the envelope this time around with about 20 GOP wannabes off and (almost) running for their party’s nomination.  On the Democratic side, things are atypically more […]

9/12: The Role of Public Polls

By Dr. Lee M. Miringoff This NYC primary season brought both an anticipated “poll-iferation” and an equally expected questioning of the reliability of public polls.  With the first round of 2013 citywide voting now over and primary day in our rear view mirror, let’s assess how the public polls fared.  (Helpful hint: we adhere to principles of transparency.  If […]