On The Media


Friday, October 30, 2015

Examining the trope of the political "outsider"; the relationship between polls and media coverage of candidates; the movie Spotlight; and the "Ferguson Effect". 

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Marco Rubio: The Frontrunner in Third

Friday, October 30, 2015

Marco Rubio has been polling at a steady third - or lower - for months, so why have so many in the media tapped him as the favorite to win the Republican nomination?

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The Numbers Don't Lie, Except When They Do

Friday, July 10, 2015

The media has been clamoring to understand what Donald Trump's "surge" in the polls means for the election. According to Bob it means one thing: the media is really bad with polls.

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The Problem With Likely Voters

Friday, December 23, 2011

Political polls need to determine who's likely to vote and who isn't. Pollsters rely on people to tell them whether they're going to vote or not - but it turns out that may not be the best plan for creating accurate polling numbers. Bob talks with Slate's Sasha Issenberg about a study which found that 55 percent of voters who tell pollsters they won't vote actually do.

Nicolas Jaar - Problems With the Sun

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More Popular Than Jesus

Friday, December 02, 2011

Pollster lingo for a politician’s popularity rating at any given moment is favorability. Voters are asked: do you like your public official right now? And at this moment the answer is an unqualified 'no'. Brooke talks to pollster Tom Jensen, who recently embarked on a quest to figure out who exactly Americans are still able to agree that they do like.

Bill Evans – Santa Claus is Coming to Town

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