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Episode 50 - "Polling It Together" with Founding Director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute Patrick Murray

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What happened with this years election polls? Do news sources and polling institutes need to re-earn our trust? 

Expert pollster, and founding director of the Monmouth University Polling institute, Patrick Murray, joins the Meet Me in the Middle panel of Pulitzer Prize winning historian Ed Larson, International Trade Attorney Jane Albrecht, and CurtCo CEO Bill Curtis, to discuss, defend, and illuminate the poll results from the election. the Throughout the episode the panel discusses:

2:49 Have the polls in the past been an accurate representation of the results?

4:04 Why did it seem that pollsters didn’t improve their accuracy from 2016 to 2020?

6:38 How do pollsters usually reach people? How do they take into account that they are only talking to people who actually ant to talk to them?

8:20 Is polling moving exclusively to digital source of accumulation?

10:45 Does the media misuse the polls?

12:49 Patrick explains what happened to the battleground states in regards to the polls

15:35 What changed with the polling methods in Florida from 2016 to 2020?

17:15 Patrick goes through the relatively new process of a longer “waiting” for polling

21:36 Should we ignore polls in the future?

25:35 Why did the polls also seem to mess up things downstate?

26:58 What is the difference between public pollsters and private campaign pollsters?

31:05 Bill rapid fires some current events with Patrick


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Hosted by: Bill Curtis, Jane Albrecht, and Ed Larson

Produced by: AJ Moseley

Editing and Sound Engineering by: Joey Salvia

Theme Music by: Celleste & Eric Dick

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