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Politics. Policy. Polling. Pop Culture.

Explore what America's thinking with two of the country's leading pollsters-the bipartisan team of Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson. In this weekly podcast we take a fresh, friendly look at the numbers driving the week's biggest stories in news, politics, tech, entertainment and pop culture. Along with the occasional interview with pollsters, journalists, and other industry leaders, we'll lift the hood on the numbers revealing the hidden secrets of the public's mind.
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2020 Presidential Campaign2020 Democrats (RealClear Politics)Iowa Voter Survey (David Binder Research for Focus on Rural America)Iowa Voter Survey (Civiqs - Iowa State University)The Third Debate Influenced Those Who Watched … But A Lot Of People Didn’t (FiveThirtyEight)Steve Kornacki Tweet of Crosstabs (NBC News/WSJ via Steve Kornacki)Trump Approval (RealClear Politics)Issue of the Week: The Workplace10 facts about American workers (Pew Research)Do Workers Discriminate against Female Bosses? (Institute of Labor Economics, Germany)Despite challenges at home and work, most working moms and dads say being employed is what’s best for them (Pew Research)Union Approval Near 50-Year High (Gallup)The Art of BananasThis study is bananas (YouGov)This drawing explains a surprising amount about your political views (YouGov)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2020Trump Approval (RealClear Politics)President Trump trails potential Democratic challengers in 2020 test (WaPo/ABC News)Latest CNN/SSRS Poll2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination (RealClear Politics)Issue of the Week: 9-11 and its ImpactAriel Edwards-Levy tweet of Sept. 2001 CBS PollPublic Overwhelmingly Backs Bush in Attacks on Afghanistan (Gallup, Oct. 2001)Bush Job Approval Highest in Gallup History (Gallup, Sept. 2001)Iraq - Getting In Was Wrong; Getting Out Was Right (Quinnipiac, July 2014)After 17 years of war in Afghanistan, more say U.S. has failed than succeeded in achieving its goals (Pew Research, Oct. 2018)Pew Research Polling Data (2018)Polls on Afghanistan ( of U.S. veterans, public say the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were not worth fighting (Pew Research, July 2019)UFOs and Government TransparencyAmericans Skeptical of UFOs, but Say Government Knows More (Gallup)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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2020Democrats Are Divided On What’s Dividing The Party (Huffington Post/YouGov)President Trump Job Approval (RealClear Politics)Issue of the Week: GunsPoll: Most Republicans support assault weapons ban, despite Trump saying 'no appetite' (Politico/Morning Consult)Trump Approval (Fox News)What Percentage of Americans Own Guns? (Gallup)Majority Of Voters Say Climate Change Is An Emergency (Quinnipiac)Too early for pumpkin spice?Pumpkin Spice Survey (Accelerant)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2020 Climate2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination (RealClear Politics)3-Way Lead as Dem 2020 Picture Shifts (Monmouth)John Anzalone tweetTrump Approval (RealClear Politics)Latest 2020 General Election Polls (RealClear Politics)Issue of the Week: The EconomyConsumer Confidence Index (The Conference Board)Poll finds a pessimistic America despite current economic satisfaction (NBC News / Wall Street Journal)All Top Dems Beat Trump As Voters' Economic Outlook Dims (Quinnipiac)Roughly Half of Trump Voters Would at Least Partially Blame Him for a Recession (Morning Consult) Most Important Problem (Gallup) Back to School!2019 Back-to-School Shopping (Deloitte) How Did You Feel On Your First Day Back To School When You Were A Kid? (News Center Maine)This episode of The Pollster was sponsored by The Election Ride Home podcast.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trump and Democrats 2020Trump Approval (RealClear Politics)Democratic Candidates (RealClear Politics)Elizabeth Warren Had Another Very Good Debate (HuffPo)Warren Up, Harris Down, But Biden Leads Among U.S. Dems (Quinnipiac)Gun LawsWho's to blame for mass shootings? On that, some bipartisan agreement (USA Today/Ispos)Presidential PowerRepublicans Now Are More Open to the Idea of Expanding Presidential Power (Pew Research Center)Trust in ScienceTrust and Mistrust in Americans’ Views of Scientific Experts (Pew Research)Fun Poll: Are these cities midwestern?David Montgomery wonders how people think Jacksonville, Florida is in the Midwest (and Kristen blames it all on College Football)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
2020 Presidential CampaignsTrump Approval (RealClear Politics)2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination (RealClear Politics)Interest still high in second Dem debate (POLITICO/Morning Consult)Shifting Democratic Lines (Echelon Insights)Conflicted About Trump: The Americans Disapproving of President Trump While Giving Him Credit on the Economy (Navigator)Black and Latinx ViewsViews on the economy aren’t monolithic (Groundwork Collaborative)TechAmericans have become much less positive about tech companies’ impact (Pew Research)Song of the Summer!Song of the Summer Rankings (LyricFind, with Billboard)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trump & The SquadTrump Approval (RealClear Politics)Trump’s Electoral College Edge Could Grow in 2020, Rewarding Polarizing Campaign (New York Times / The Upshot)Most Americans disagree with Trump's "go back" tweets (CBS News / YouGov)Majority of voters say ‘send her back’ chants were racist (POLITICO/Morning Consult)Mueller TestimonyDemocrats becoming increasingly skeptical of fairness of Russia probe (POLITICO/Morning Consult)Trust in AmericaMany Americans think declining trust in the government and in each other makes it harder to solve key problems (Pew Research)Boris JohnsonHow do you feel about Boris Johnson becoming leader? (YouGov)Boris Johnson has support of two thirds of Tory voters (Opinium / Observer)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trump, “racially infused” tweets, and Democratic CandidatesTrump Approval (RealClear Politics)Republican support for Trump rises after racially charged tweets (Reuters)2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination (RealClear Politics)Beto O’Rourke and the Value of PollingPolling is not evil voodoo magic (Kristen Soltis Anderson in the Washington Examiner)Polling Faux PasIncomplete polling for the Democratic Primary (St. Anselm College)All The Problems With This Anonymous Poll About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (HuffPo coverage of a poll reported in Axios)More General Election PollingHuge Turnout Is Expected in 2020. So Which Party Would Benefit? (New York Times, “The Upshot”)Trump Faces Tough Challenge From Top Democratic Candidates in Election Matchup (WSJ/NBC News)ImmigrationSlim majority supports deportation raids (POLITICO/Morning Consult)More on Presidential TweetingViews of Trump’s Twitter Attack on Four Congresswomen Highly Partisan (Ipsos)State of the Union and Conspiracies (Economist/YouGov)LadysportsDo you think if you were playing your very best tennis, you could win a point off Serena Williams? (YouGov)We Need To Stop Comparing Serena Williams To Men’s Tennis Players (HuffPo)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Trump and 2020 DemocratsTrump Approval (RealClear Politics Average)General Election Polling Average (RealClear Politics Average)2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination (RealClear Politics Average) POLL AVERAGE Joe Biden Isn’t The Unequivocal 2020 Democratic Front-Runner Anymore (HuffPo)CNN has new standards for reporting on pollsCNN's transparency questionnaire for polling standards (CNN)Personal Finances pollsMore Optimism about Personal Finances (AP/NORC)1 in 4 don’t plan to retire despite realities of aging (AP/NORC)Tariffs and TradeDivided Country Wary of Tariffs, Trade, Tech (RealClear Opinion Research)VeteransTrump Draws Stronger Support From Veterans Than From the Public on Leadership of U.S. Military (Pew Research)Women’s World Cup!Polling: Megan Rapinoe for President? (Public Policy Polling)Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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