Polling Today: How Has Polling Changed & What Role Does It Play In This Election Season?

Sep 14, 2020

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One of the outcomes of the 2016 election was a distrust of polling. But many pollsters will tell you that’s the wrong conclusion to draw, and that, in fact they were not so far off in their polling. We’ll check in with pollsters and learn what lessons they took from the 2016 election, the science of polling and how it has changed over the years, and what to expect this election season.


Daniel M. Shea, chair, professor, department of government, Colby College

Scott Keeter, senior survey advisor, Pew Research Center

Andrew E. Smith, director, University of New Hampshire Survey Center