The Pollsters

The Pollsters

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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The Pollsters

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45 Min

Sep 27, 2018

Episode
Podcast
Time
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43 min
Sep 6, 2018
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Kav-uh-nah-ha!

38 min
Aug 30, 2018
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Welcome back Kristen! We get caught up on hot primaries & Special Counsel Super Tuesday

30 min
Aug 23, 2018
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We found a bipartisan issue--views toward tech jobs. Our interview with Bruce Mehlman

23 min
Aug 23, 2018
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Hey, there's some news. With Kristen away, Margie talks to Bryan Bennett from The Hub about investigation polling.

30 min
Aug 16, 2018
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We take your questions. Thanks for not stumping us!

47 min
Aug 9, 2018
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A very special episode, where we talk about the OH-12 special. Trump converts. Plus wine & vegetables.

47 min
Aug 2, 2018
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Kristen saw a concert. Margie has jet lag. We're both in LA, taking in the kale smoothies & easy living.

44 min
Jul 25, 2018
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Two big topics: immigration & Putin. Just who is leading who around here? Obviously: The Cats.

58 min
Jul 19, 2018
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NATO, Putin, Hamilton & Ice Cream

50 min
Jul 12, 2018
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If you're sad you missed fireworks on the Fourth, may we interest you in a Supreme Court battle?

44 min
Jun 29, 2018
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It's a heavy week for polling. But we still try to laugh.

36 min
Jun 21, 2018
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Family separation, fact vs. opinion, North Korea, Tom Hanks.

36 min
Jun 14, 2018
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Margie's away, so Kristen is joined by her business partner Patrick.

42 min
Jun 8, 2018
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With both of us on the road we turn to polls about booze, weed & Michael Avenatti.

51 min
May 31, 2018
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Who should be tweeting? Kristen has a foreign policy poll. Urbanicity. And biscuits.

44 min
May 24, 2018
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Kristen's AAPOR Report, smart polls about dumb things, & you've got a fast car.

43 min
May 17, 2018
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We're in the soundbooth, talking Bunyans, Elephants, North Korea & Iran. Plus Royal Wedding polling

55 min
May 10, 2018
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Margie is on remote in remote Minnesota. Kristen sees the glass half full. What would a Santa say?

43 min
May 3, 2018
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Who said polling is Yeezy? Not us.

50 min
Apr 26, 2018
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Polls on guns, abortion & more. Hey, we even disagree! And some very stable geni--er, polls.

51 min
Apr 19, 2018
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Facebook, Mueller, Jef Pollock & shout-outs to pollster-friends. And Millennials are ruining food.

36 min
Apr 11, 2018
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With all this crazy news, we're going to need a padded cell. Good thing we're in one!

50 min
Apr 5, 2018
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MLK, Opioids, Guns, Baseball & Breaking Tinder.

55 min
Mar 29, 2018
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We're back together, to talk Facebook, cute kids, Census & more

58 min
Mar 23, 2018
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The snow may have melted, but Kristen has some ice-cold yolo rants.

48 min
Mar 15, 2018
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Kristen is back & ready to rant about Millennials. And we have the polling on PA-18, guns & tariffs.

40 min
Mar 7, 2018
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Dave Wasserman w/the Cook Political Report walks us through TX, previews PA-18, & talks House races more broadly.

58 min
Mar 1, 2018
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We're back together, with some gun rants, the latest from Florida, taxes & Oscar polling.

41 min
Feb 22, 2018
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The latest polling on guns, & #metoo, and a cool (yes!) new study on voter files. Plus polling on sin.

49 min
Feb 8, 2018
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From the Super Bowl to the Olympics, and from the FBI to Russia. And should we ban probabilities? (Probably not.)

42 min
Feb 1, 2018
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It's our third anniversary of hatching a podcast plot. Oh, and also that State of the Union thing.

46 min
Jan 25, 2018
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Jeggings, Oprah, 2018 & 2020, plus the latest on the shutdown & football

42 min
Jan 18, 2018
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Trump's year in review. Oprah vs. Bannon. And real polls about s-words.

53 min
Jan 12, 2018
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The truth is Oprah never left us.

42 min
Jan 4, 2018
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2018 is off to a cold start, between the ice in the air & the ice from the White House. Are your resolutions keeping you warm?

39 min
Dec 20, 2017
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Tax polling, the President's year in review, & Cards Against Humanity: call us.

54 min
Dec 14, 2017
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Our Alabama reactions, Kristen in the NYT, Margie has a poll on women in the workplace, and there's lots of new Christmas polling

51 min
Dec 7, 2017
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We've joined the Panoply network! Plus the latest polls on sexual harassment, Star Wars, taxes, and candy.

38 min
Nov 29, 2017
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It seems like a good time to eat one's feelings. And we have the polls to help you through it.

49 min
Nov 16, 2017
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Alabama polling, tax polling, and the one things more complicated than taxes: Families.

45 min
Nov 11, 2017
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We were in LA, talking politics & sexual harassment

56 min
Nov 2, 2017
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Margie has a new gig, got into a friendly disagreement with Mark Penn & dressed as the Gender Avenger. No wonder she’s tired. For more alert analysis follow @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. Margie's new gig! http://www.gbastrategies.com...

60 min
Oct 26, 2017
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Check out Kristen's yolo rant. Check out Margie in Boston on Monday. And we'll have news soon, promise! Follow us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Hollywood https://morningconsult.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/171006_crosstabs_Brands_v1...

63 min
Oct 19, 2017
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Kristen goes on a #yolo rant. And LA peeps ,we're headed your way on 11/9 @ The Ace Hotel as part of KCRW’s Left Right & Center live show. Come check us out! As always we're @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson @margieomero. Poll of the Week NPR All Son...

48 min
Oct 12, 2017
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There's a lot to get upset about this week. Good thing we still have free speech! Tweet us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Columbus Day Rasmussen http://bit.ly/2ybNkPF Knights of Columbus/Marist http://bit.ly/2yGTxDQ Trump’s base play...

56 min
Oct 5, 2017
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This is the first time since August we've been in the same room together. Woah. Don't forget to tweet us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Poll of the week - Russia The Chicago Council https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/sites/default/...

58 min
Sep 27, 2017
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Kristen is back! Which is great, because we only have about one zillion polls to discuss. Find us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. Big news coming soon. Promise! Polls of the week: Alabama https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/will-alabama...

27 min
Sep 20, 2017
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Margie & Mark Murray talk about Texas Football, 2016 polling, & where media coverage of polling may go next. Be sure to read his piece on 2016's final stretch: "12 days that stunned a nation." http://nbcnews.to/2w2TDlc Find Mark on Twitter: @mmurr...

45 min
Sep 14, 2017
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With Kristen away Margie is super-psyched to interview Cornell Belcher, Democratic pollster to Obama, the DNC, the DSCC and more. We get Cornell's take on the current climate around race, where the Democratic Party should go next, his mentors along the...

45 min
Sep 6, 2017
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Welcome back! For people not ready to give up on summer just yet, we have a few segments just for you. For people who want to send us tweets, check out @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. How do you Labor Day? Gallup on labor unions http://w...

41 min
Aug 24, 2017
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It's almost National Red Wine Day. It can't come soon enough. Tweet us @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Poll of The Week: Not Here To Make Friends McConnell’s Kentucky numbers http://ourlivesontheline.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Kentuc...

47 min
Aug 17, 2017
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Somebody please come to the rescue. We’ll try anything at this point. In the meantime, tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters. Poll of the week: Alabama pollsters take a bow: Polling average comes pretty close: https://fivethirtyeight...

49 min
Aug 10, 2017
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Is it the end of the world as we know it? Well we're going to record literally from a bubble no matter what! Tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero @thepollsters with your audio tips, prepping tips, and polling tips. Poll of the Week Gallup: P...

51 min
Jul 26, 2017
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If the news is getting you down, take a moment to stop & smell the flowers. & then tweet us @ksoltisanderson, @margieomero or @thepollsters. Poll of the Week Delphi Analytica: Kid Rock wins in hypothetical Stabenow/Kid Rock Senate race http://bit.ly/...

48 min
Jul 21, 2017
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No matter how you slice it, it's getting hot in Washington. Check out our latest & tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero or @thepollsters. Poll of the Week: Smoker Discrimination Gallup: A majority of American smokers believe they are discriminated ...

43 min
Jul 13, 2017
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Margie introduced Kristen to the world of kids' birthday parties & Dream Of The Blue Turtles. Tweet us your cold-war era tunes--we're going to need 'em! @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson, & @margieomero. Poll of the Week: Fugghedaboutit Politico: New J...

51 min
Jul 6, 2017
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This week we'll be on Left Right & Center to help them celebrate their new one-hour show, so make sure to listen. And follow us anytime @margieomero @ksoltisanderson @thepollsters. Poll of the Week Pew: Most Americans want to make it easier for all ...

50 min
Jun 28, 2017
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Updates from the UK & around the world. And we find a way to make even Harry Potter depressing. Follow us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero to get our tweets-of-conscience. Poll of the Week NPR/National Dairy Association: Questioning NPR’s use of a milk ...

40 min
Jun 21, 2017
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We write back sometimes! So follow us @thepollsters and @ksoltisanderson @margieomero. Don't forget to send Margie you're glastonbury reco's! Poll of the Week Planet Fitness/ Kelton Global: The Dad Bod is the “New Shape of Sexy” http://prn.to/2refN...

62 min
Jun 15, 2017
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We talk to Anna Palmer from Politico's Playbook, give h/t to all kinds of Wonder Women, and even read some breaking polling news about GIFs. Follow Anna at @apalmerdc & us @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero. Poll of the Week Politico/American Univ/Loyo...

44 min
Jun 7, 2017
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Hey whaddya know, another slow news week. Just a UK election & another sleepy Comey hearing. Follow us for the latest @ksolitsanderson @margieomero and @thepollsters of course. Poll of the Week Billboard: ‘Despacito’ tops Songs of the Summer Chart ...

45 min
May 31, 2017
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Margie's twitter poll shows covfefe twitter is the best twitter. Don't forget to tweet us @ksoltisanderson or @margieomero. Poll of the Week Gallup: Majority of Americans view all branches of military very favorably http://bit.ly/2rElRTX Pew: US V...

45 min
May 24, 2017
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We're back from a teensy weensy break where Margie went to the AAPOR conference. We love your reviews! And often dislike your misplaced pitches. Follow us on @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero for more polls & yuks. Poll of the Week Roll...

16 min
May 19, 2017
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Margie talks to queen of the Huffington Post fempire Ariel Edwards-Levy, and she recounts the vibe from the AAPOR conference, the role of gender in 2016 polling, and her favorite pun. Follow her immediately @aedwardslevy.

42 min
May 10, 2017
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Come(y) at us, reviewers! If you want more "what happened in 2016?" then today is your day. And follow us on @thepollsters, @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero for more polls & yuks. Poll of the Week University of Virginia Center for Politics/Public Opi...

41 min
May 3, 2017
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(Recorded 5/2/17) What's more popular than polls? Cats! Plus where should the Democrats go next? Thanks for the lovely reviews, don't forget to find us @ksoltisanderson & @margieomero. You know you love free stuff! Check out www.ziprecruiter.com/fr...

57 min
Apr 26, 2017
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Take a bow, pollsters! We read crazy PR pitches & lovely reviews. Don't forget to tweet us @ksoltisanderson @margieomero. Poll of the Week The Telegraph: French presidential election tracker http://bit.ly/2nE955W The New York Times: How the election...

46 min
Apr 20, 2017
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What's wackier than twitter trolls about our Easter candy preferences? This 5-year-old clip of Kristen & Margie introducing Bill O'Reilly to Nate Silver. Like free stuff? Check out our ZIPRECRUITER free trial at http://www.ziprecruiter.com/freetrial ...

54 min
Apr 12, 2017
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Try not to get into any PR disasters on the way to the parking lot. & don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the week Morning Consult: People react to Pepsi’s ad in real time http:...

36 min
Apr 6, 2017
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Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the Week Huffington Post: A poll finds most Americans don’t trust public opinion polls http://huff.to/2nEEeDt Pew Research Center: Are teleph...

59 min
Mar 29, 2017
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Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the Week Axios: Ad trust rises as news trust sinks http://bit.ly/2nptU2a YouGov Poll: America's trust in advertising grows http://bit.ly/2nhf...

45 min
Mar 23, 2017
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In tough political times like these, we want to vote for both pizza and soup. Meanwhile, how deep is your love, America? We really need to know. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) And for...

52 min
Mar 16, 2017
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Pollsters take a bow. Well, Dutch pollsters that is. And is polling giving you the munchies? We got you. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the week Edison Research: Podcastin...

42 min
Mar 8, 2017
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Kristen didn't get Margie anything for #IWD. Awkward. Well, we do have lots of polls about the future of democracy to cheer us up. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of the week ...

44 min
Mar 2, 2017
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It's our two year anniversary of hatching The Pollsters plot! And we have a special dedication, Casey Kasem style. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) And for your zip recruiter free trial ...

45 min
Feb 23, 2017
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Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of week Pew: Americans warm to religious groups http://pewrsr.ch/2mbvFCb The Week in Trump Huffington Post: Why is Trump’s approval average all ...

30 min
Feb 16, 2017
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Kyley is PSB's methodologist & a Michelin restaurant enthusiast. And she's not neutral about "neutral" answer categories, online survey formatting, or complicated scales. This stuff matters! And Kyley makes it fun. https://twitter.com/kyleymcg https:/...

49 min
Feb 9, 2017
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This is a safe space for a small amount of non-Trump news. Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of week Business Wire: Lightheartedness named the key to Super Bowl LI advertising succ...

56 min
Feb 2, 2017
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Get a discount at Mack Weldon here: https://www.mackweldon.com/ with the promo code POLLSTERS. Who doesn't like discounts? Follow us! https://www.facebook.com/ThePollsters/ or https://twitter.com/ThePollsters. We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson ...

45 min
Jan 26, 2017
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Get a discount at Mack Weldon here: https://www.mackweldon.com/ with the promo code POLLSTERS. Who doesn't like discounts? Follow us! https://www.facebook.com/ThePollsters/ or https://twitter.com/ThePollsters. We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson ...

51 min
Jan 18, 2017
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Check out our sponsors. Get your free trial from Zip Recruiter here: http://www.ZipRecruliter.com/freetrial and hear about the clothes we ordered for our husbands at www.mackweldon.com. Follow us--we even respond sometimes. https://www.facebook.com/T...

42 min
Jan 11, 2017
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Surprise! We have a sponsor! Get a free trial from Zip Recruiter here: http://www.ZipRecruiter.com/freetrial Follow us--we even respond sometimes. https://www.facebook.com/ThePollsters/ or https://twitter.com/ThePollsters. We’re also @margieomero ...

49 min
Jan 5, 2017
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Welcome back everyone! Kristen is well-rested, but Jet Lag Margie is on the loose. Find more polls at https://www.facebook.com/ThePollsters/ or https://twitter.com/ThePollsters. We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. Here are the polls we...

38 min
Dec 20, 2016
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(Recorded 12/20) Whaddya think of our snazzy new intro & outro? Follow us--we even respond sometimes! https://www.facebook.com/ThePollsters/ or https://twitter.com/ThePollsters. We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And below is a list ...

46 min
Dec 16, 2016
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Welcome new listeners! Get excited about our new partnership with Westwood One. Follow us--we even respond sometimes! https://www.facebook.com/ThePollsters/ or https://twitter.com/ThePollsters. We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And b...

59 min
Dec 8, 2016
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Did you hear our interview with Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio & Clinton pollster Joel Benenson? You’re going to want to take a listen. It’s one of our favorite episodes so far. Poll of the Week: We’ve hit peak pollsters The Pollsters talk about the p...

50 min
Dec 1, 2016
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Kristen & Margie are back! We went up to Harvard's IOP Campaign Manager Summit.  While you may have heard about some testy conversations, our pollster summit with Clinton pollster Joel Benenson & Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio was friendly and informativ...

41 min
Nov 22, 2016
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Margie's still detoxing, but Kristen's got thoughts. Take a listen. And we'll have a live show from Harvard next week!

1 min
Nov 17, 2016
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Maybe polling does take a holiday? Margie's detoxing too hard to get a good consistent connection, so stay tuned for Plan B. 

56 min
Nov 9, 2016
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We don't have any shownotes. Or a script! We just have some theories about what happened in the race, what happened in the polls, and then some jokes. Because, beer. 

43 min
Nov 3, 2016
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We’ve been a lot of places--if we spent any more time together this week we would’ve had to give each other candy.   Poll of the Week Can Ivanka’s brand withstand Hurricane Trump? Fortune: Women won’t buy Ivanka Trump shoes   What is happening out...

26 min
Oct 31, 2016
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This week we talk to The Pollsters' version of SNL's Justin Timberlake or Tom Hanks: Survey Monkey's Mark Blumenthal! He updates us on all thinks Monkey.   The Survey Monkey map The Survey Monkey Blog Mark's piece on likely voter modeling More on ...

47 min
Oct 24, 2016
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It’s your lucky day! We’re doing a special Monday episode since we may not be able to find time later in the week. So check out our Senate-sational special!  Aldo, don't orget  to follow @margieomero & the #walmartmoms hashtag for groups Tuesday night....

42 min
Oct 20, 2016
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The “Nasty Woman” vs. the “Bad Hombre.” Kristen & Marge are on west coast time. Now who’s the puppet!?   Poll of the week It turns out you are entitled to your own facts. On that we agree, it seems. Pew Research Center on candidates and facts   ...

49 min
Oct 12, 2016
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Well it's pretty crazy out there. Hold onto your crosstabs everyone. And don't forget you can see Margie in LA on 10/20 at the Ace Hotel with the fine folks at KCRW's Left Right & Center. Check it out here.   Poll of the Week There's a reason we're ...

44 min
Oct 5, 2016
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Hey we’re on Spotify now! Go check us out. Like ABC/This Week on Facebook so you can see our (mostly) weekly Facebook Live videos. And have you checked out our new website yet?   Poll of the Week: Do you need an information diet Clay Johnson, call y...

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