Why Americans Love to Hate Polls


Program Description:

This talk looks at the development of the modern political poll, why they have become so common, and the impact they have had on politics and policy.


Andy Smith

Andy Smith is the director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. The Survey Center is a nonpartisan, academic public opinion research center for governments, not for profits, and faculty researchers. Smith is also an associate professor in the UNH department of political science. His research has focused on survey methodology, elections, and public policy. The Survey Center is nationally known for its election polling. It has consistently conducted the most accurate polling in New Hampshire elections. In recent years, the Survey Center has conducted polls for CNN, Fox News, WCVB in Boston, WMUR in Manchester, KYW in Philadelphia, USA Today, the Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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