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Political Polling

What Do the Shifting Poll Numbers Mean for Illinois' Gubernatorial Election? (VIDEO)

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.13.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

A new Reboot Illinois poll last week found Gov. Pat Quinn leading Bruce Rauner when respondents were asked for whom they'd vote if the election were today. But another poll found the numbers almost exactly reversed when the question was which candidate respondents believed to be more trustworthy.

To Pay or Not to Pay, That Is the Polling Question

Annie Pettit | Posted 10.21.2014 | Politics
Annie Pettit

The work that political pollsters do for free could be considered a benefit to society. People need to know how their political candidates are ranked by the public so that they can make better voting decisions and bring better-suited people to political power.

Natalie Jackson

Why Can't Pre-Election Polls Just Get It Right?

HuffingtonPost.com | Natalie Jackson | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics

As we move through primary season this summer, we've seen some shocking and unexpected outcomes. Why didn't we know that House Majority Leader Eric Ca...

When It Comes to Washington, Most Americans Blame Both Sides

Brian Schaffner | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Brian Schaffner

2013-03-19-blamepollTraditional polls tend to force respondents to make a choice between whether they assign more blame to one side or the other. But how much blame do Americans assign to either side?

Nate Silver, Pop-Culture Star

AP | JOCELYN NOVECK | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics

NEW YORK -- The other night, Nate Silver got a little taste of what things are going to be like for him, post-Election 2012. The 34-year-old statis...

That Old-Time Populism Debate

Mike Lux | Posted 06.11.2012 | Politics
Mike Lux

Because they do tons of polls and the same kinds of questions over and over, pollsters have a very good idea in advance of writing their questions for any given poll what phrases or even individual words will trigger a more positive answer.

Mark Blumenthal

Bipartisan Group Of Political Pollsters Join Forces To Issue Strong Warning

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - A remarkable bi-partisan group of campaign pollsters released an open letter this afternoon that assailed the "sometimes uncritical media...

Free and The Search for Economic Innovation

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

As we look at life after the financial crisis, we need to turn traditional thinking on its head. Picking up a copy of Chris Anderson's Free is a good place to start.