The Pollsters

The Pollsters

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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.


#108: Can we vote for pizza AND soup?  

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 your zip recruiter free trial visit this link: Poll of the Week Public Policy Polling: Only 24% of voters support GOP health care plan Trump approval Huffington Post Pollster: Trump job approval Gallup: Trump job approval Millennials on Trump CBS News: Majority of young adults don’t see Trump as legit president Associated Press: Most see Trump as illegitimate president GenForward Survey: Trump and the first 50 days Pew Research Center: A wider partisan and ideological gap between younger, older generations Climate Change? The New York Times: How Americans think about climate change in six maps Pew Research Center: How much does science knowledge influence people’s views on climate change and energy issues Yale Program on Climate Change Communication: Yale climate opinion maps Gallup: Nearly two in three in US say winter was warmer this year Gallup: Americans tilt toward protecting environment, alternative fuels CSPAN SCOTUS Poll Washington Post: Can you name a Supreme Court Justice? You’re in the minority C-SPAN: C-SPAN/PBS Supreme Court survey 2017 2nd Grade Poll BuzzFeed News: Mrs. Porter’s second-grade Class survey

#107: Politics is giving some people the munchies.  

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: Podcasting continues to boom as four in ten americans tune in Trump Huffington Post: Update on Trump Job Approval Axios: Democrats are hunting for the "Trump Regretters" Gallup: Majority in US optimistic Trump will make country prosperous Washington Post: Reagan Democrats give Trump a long leash – but deeply distrust GOP Democracy Corps: Macomb County in the Age of Trump Obamacare Politico: Voters wary of GOP health care bill Kaiser Family Foundation: Early perceptions of House Bill show public thinks it would cover fewer people and raise health costs Climate Change Gallup: Global warming concern at three-decade high in US LGBT Rights PRRI: Partisan Divide in Perceptions of Discrimination O’Malley 2020 Politico: O'Malley tests 2020 waters with Iowa poll Time to celebrate! Washington Post: DC gets top 10 spot on list of nation’s happiest places to live National Retail Federation: Americans plan to spend record-high amount for St. Patrick’s Day

#106: Our IWD gift exchange. And the future of democracy.  

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 Gallup: D.C. tops list of Gallup good jobs USA Today: U.S. slips to seventh best country in the world after Trump election POTUS Job Approval/Speech Reaction Huffington Post: Trump job approval rating Huffington Post: Few see Trump’s address to Congress as pivot Gallup: One-third of speech watchers more confident in Trump Questions about AG Sessions, Trump Ties to Russia Politico: Majority of voters favors special prosecutor Huffington Post: Public concern over Russia hits highest level since the cold war Protecting Our Elections Pew Research Center: Checks and balances, right to protest essential for democracy The Washington Post: The astounding political divide over what it means to be ‘American’ AP/NORC: The American Identity: Points of pride, conflicting views, and a distinct culture Obamacare/AHCA CNN: Public splits on revoking individual mandate Monmouth University: Cost drives opinion on health care International Women’s Day More About Advertising: Women do not like advertising Ipsos MORI: Three in four women around the world believe there are unequal rights in their country

#105: Our origin story, & Trump vs. the polls  

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 visit this link: Poll of the week NYT: Where Oscar Best Picture Nominees are liked (on Facebook) most Trump’s Approval CNN: Speech-watchers generally liked Trump’s speech NBC/WSJ: Trump’s low approval ratings are historic Huffington Post: Update on HuffPo’s approval tracker McClatchy-Marist: Most Americans trust their favorite news source over Trump Huffington Post: Americans concerned more about personal rather than public issues Face the Nation Focus Groups CBS: Gauging Americans initial reaction to Trump presidency Walmart’s “American Family” Report POS, PSB, Quid, WalMart: Understanding five areas of families’ changing behaviors Trade Gallup: Partisan divide widening on NAFTA NBC/WSJ: Republicans may see a rift on free trade Understanding Teenagers Before They Vote in 2018/20 AP/NORC: American teenagers find strength in diversity Mardi Gras is Over OpenBible: People are tweeting about giving up Twitter for Lent

#104: Desperate for some good news? We found some!  

Don't forget to follow us @thepollsters @margieomero @ksoltisanderson. We write back! (sometimes.) Poll of week Pew: Americans warm to religious groups The Week in Trump Huffington Post: Why is Trump’s approval average all over the place? Gallup: One month in, Trump job approval 21 points below average Pew: Trump has little crossover support PSB: Trump regretters see him “going too far” Huffington Post: Partisan reaction to Trump’s wild press conference Bogus GOP Online “Poll” GOP: Trump’s media accountability “poll” The Plum Line: GOP voters trust Trump over the press for news Boston Globe: Trump campaign sends a biased media bias survey Washington Post: Suggested answers to Trump’s “poll” We’re Already Talking About 2020 Polling Politico: Never too soon to talk about the horserace Americans are Stressed Right Now Washington Post: APA Poll finds Americans stressed about country’s future People Really Don’t Like Their Cable Company Echelon Insights: Consumers frustrated with pay-TV providers Oscar Polling Morning Consult: More than half of Americans haven’t seen a Best Picture nominee Variety: People Think La La Land will win Best Picture

#103: Kyley McGeeney's pollster secrets revealed!  

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.

#102: We send Morning Consult a valentine  

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 success Trump approval tracking Huffington Pollster: Trump job approval THE HILL: Trump administration seen as more truthful than the media Harvard IOP: Young Republicans hopeful and young Democrats fearful after inauguration Issues New York Times: One-third don’t know Obamacare and Affordable Care Act are the same Washington Post: More Democrats are familiar with Stephen Bannon than Charles Schumer POLITICO: National tracking polls Feb. 02-04 Gallup: Support for Gorsuch lower than other recent court picks Morning Consult: Democratic base mostly fine with blocking all things Trump THE HILL: ‘Any negative polls are fake news’ - Trump Morning Consult: Trump’s approval rating slides despite support for travel ban POLITICO: Polls fuel both sides in travel ban fight French election polling Reuters: Poll shows Le Pen losing French presidential runoff Reuters: France's Macron seen beating Le Pen INDEPENDENT: Most Europeans want immigration ban from Muslim-majority countries Close PRNewswire: Women in relationships couldn't care less about Valentine's Day

#101: Slow Down, You Move Too Fast (2/2/17)  

Get a discount at Mack Weldon here: with the promo code POLLSTERS. Who doesn't like discounts? Follow us! or We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And below is a list of the polls we cite this week. Poll of the Week Pew: Most Americans support childhood vaccines Trump: Favorability and approval Huffpost Pollster: Trump’s job approval Huffpost Pollster: Trump’s favorability Public Policy Polling: Voters already want Obama back (also, opinions on the travel ban) Washington Post: Democratic women are ramping up activism SurveyMonkey: Americans already split about Trump’s performance New York Times: Why Republicans will “stick with Trump” Huffpost Pollster: Republicans are skeptical of media covering Trump POLITICO: Opinions on voter fraud and the executive orders Morning Consult: Poll - If there was fraud, Trump was helped the most Views toward Trump so far: keeping promises, etc. Gallup: Of Trump’s promises, people care most about infrastructure spending Huffington Post: Taking Trump literally Quinnipiac: Travel ban and immigration Rasmussen Reports: Most in favor of a temporary refugee ban Huffington Post/YouGov: Travel ban Huffington Post/YouGov: Immigration ban (topline) Ipsos/Reuters: Poll on immigration ban and refugees Gallup: Americans’ opinions on accepting refugees throughout history Pew: Religion and its role in national identity POLITICO: Voters support Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood funding Super Bowl WalletHub: Super Bowl facts PPRI: One in four say God decides who wins the Super Bowl Forbes: The Super Bowl should be streamed online and in virtual reality Public Policy Polling: A shared hatred of the Patriots

#100: We're going to make it after all (maybe?!?)  (1/26/17)  

Get a discount at Mack Weldon here: with the promo code POLLSTERS. Who doesn't like discounts? Follow us! or We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And below is a list of the polls we cite this week. POLITICO/Morning Consult: Melania and Ivanka are well-liked Gallup: First Lady ratings over the years Inauguration Reactions POLITICO/Morning Consult: Voters liked the Inaugural Address Huffington Post/YouGov: Most don’t believe there were “record crowds” at the Inauguration Huffington Post/YouGov: Most who saw the Inaugural Address thought it was good Morning Consult: Republicans think the Inauguration was bigger than the Women’s March Gallup: New low for Inaugural approval Huffington Post: Donald Trump is starting with record-high disapproval Policy Priorities and Voter Expectations Pew: Americans don’t expect political divisions to heal in 2017 Gallup: Will we be better off in 2020? Pew: Americans think wealthy will gain influence under Trump Pew: Despite big changes in D.C., the public’s policy priorities haven’t changed much The Resistance Los Angeles Times - Reuters/Ipsos: A third of Californians support secession Oscars Season Hollywood Reporter: Which movie should win Best Picture? Variety: Most shocking Oscars snubs

#99: Turn & Face The Strange  

Check out our sponsors. Get your free trial from Zip Recruiter here: and hear about the clothes we ordered for our husbands at Follow us--we even respond sometimes. or We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And below is a list of the polls we cite this week. Poll of the Week NYT: Republican men say it’s a better time to be a woman than a man Obama’s Legacy Huffington Post: Obama’s job approval Gallup: Americans say history’s view of Obama presidency will be more kind than unkind Gallup: Personal satisfaction bounces back Huffington Post: Americans like Obama’s legacy, but may also want a new direction Making history, of a kind: Politico: Polls show Trump’s approval is historically low CBS: More Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the transition CNN: Confidence drops in Trump transition The Washington Post/ABC News: January 12-15, 2017 Poll Pew: Concerns over Trump’s transparency Pew: ISIS, Cyberattacks and North Korea biggest threats as Trump presidency starts ABC News/The Washington Post: Trump’s handling of Russia & the ACA Maybe it's the issues? NBC/WSJ: ACA reaches record high approval as Obama exits Politico/Harvard: Expectations for Trump’s first 100 days The Washington Post: Trump is off to a rocky start Ipsos/Reuters: Americans want strong environmental regulations from EPA Huffington Post: Trump supporters have his back, even against fellow Republicans Which of these travel jerks are you? Expedia: Seat-kickers are enemy #1 on planes

#98: From Bump To Slump (1/11/17)  

Surprise! We have a sponsor! Get a free trial from Zip Recruiter here: Follow us--we even respond sometimes. or We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And below is a list of the polls we cite this week. Polls of the Week Civis Analytics & PSB Research: Most moviegoers unfavorable toward Trump The Sessions Sessions The Economist/YouGov: Sessions’ November favorability numbers The Economist/YouGov: Basic info on Jefferson Sessions Obama’s legacy Gallup: Ground gained and lost under Obama Gallup: Americans still see big government as the biggest threat Mark Blumenthal for SurveyMonkey: Obama’s ends with high approval, but polarity persists Trump’s tough week Quinnipiac: Voters approve of Obama, disapprove of Trump Obamacare GS Strategy Group/American Action Network: Most Americans want Obamacare repealed or overhauled Kaiser Family Foundation: Most say don’t repeal or provide replacement details Morning Consult/POLITICO: National tracking poll on Obamacare Disconnect between police and public Washington Post: Report on police and public attitudes Pew: Behind the Badge Books vs iPhones: who will win? Gallup: Books are still holding on! 9to5Mac: Which rumored iPhone features are most exciting? 9to5Mac: Flat or curved iPhone 8? Ebates: Video game hits and busts

#97: Take these polls and make them true somehow (1/5/17)  

Welcome back everyone! Kristen is well-rested, but Jet Lag Margie is on the loose. Find more polls at or We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. Here are the polls we cite this week. “Polls” of the Week Mediaite: Who should replace Megyn Kelly? Marsha Blackburn’s Obamacare twitter poll backfires Carrie Fisher’s dog Gary could teach Marsha Blackburn about twitter polls 2016 in our rear-view mirror POLITICO/Morning Consult: Trump would barely beat Obama in a head-to-head race Pew: Democrats aren’t angry, they’re just disappointed HuffPost Pollster/YouGov: Trump voters think African Americans “less deserving” than average Can you handle it? Gallup: Americans not sure Trump can handle Presidential duties Ideological scramble Gallup: “Liberal” is in, “Moderate” is out Pew: Perceptions of Trump’s ideology Pew: Republicans increasingly skeptical of free trade The Huffington Post: Back in the USSR The Sun: UK poll remembers George Michael

#96: We're pulling a list & polling it twice  

(Recorded 12/20) Whaddya think of our snazzy new intro & outro? Follow us--we even respond sometimes! or We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And below is a list of the polls we cite this week. Polls of the week: Good news? Ipsos/DieHappy: What made Americans happy in 2016? Pew: The most impactful historical events PRRI/Atlantic: Almost one in five of Clinton voters’ husbands sat out the election Morning Consult/POLITICO: Little support for an Electoral College revolt Forbes: Post-election, Trump brand gets a little boost among the wealthy NBC/Wall Street Journal: What kind of change will Trump bring? PRRI: War on Christmas?

#95: The gift of polling that keeps on giving  

Welcome new listeners! Get excited about our new partnership with Westwood One. Follow us--we even respond sometimes! or We’re also @margieomero @ksoltisanderson on Twitter. And below is a list of the polls we cite this week. Poll of the Week - Echelon Insights: Trump vs. Kanye The Washington Post: Shy Trumpers? Public Policy Polling: Employment, Electoral College, and counting California votes CBS News: What kind of President will Donald Trump be? POLITICO: Democrats aren’t warming to Trump Gallup: Trump’s transition McClatchy-Marist: Trump in transition YouGov: Republicans growing fonder of Wikileaks, Russia, Putin Ipsos MORI: U.S. scores high on the “Index of Ignorance” Morning Consult: Most think Medicare should continue as-is Kaiser Family Foundation: Divided America would pick and choose parts of ACA Gallup: The role of government in health insurance Gallup: Personal versus national health care Gallup: Dissatisfaction with healthcare costs Regifting, from, uh, Creditdonkey

#94: Trump gets a bounce  

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 polling on polling. Huffington Post on Trump voters Ipsos poll on pollsters’ distrust Everybody (well, half of everybody) Loves A Winner Even Trump gets a post-win bounce. Huffington Post on Trump’s favorability Morning Consult on Trump’s favorability Gallup poll on president-elect’s favorability Post-Fact Universe The true polling about post-facts Pew Research on pollsters and press evaluation Buzzfeed News on fake news Morning Consult on credible media outlets Electoral College Gallup poll on the rise of support for the Electoral College Carrier and the Free Market Politico on Trump’s Carrier deal YouGov poll on Trump’s Carrier deal Donald Trump’s Businesses Conflicts are complicated. Bloomberg on Trump’s businesses Tweeter In Chief Is there a secret high-level Twitter Anonymous meeting out there that Kristen can go to? Politico on Trump’s use of Twitter We Love International Elections! International Business Times on France 2017 election International Business Times on Italy referendum Reuters on Italy referendum Quartz on Italy referendum Bloomberg on Italy referendum results Financial Times on Austria presidential election CNN on Austria election Pew Research on Europe’s future Polling on Santa Margie explains to Kristen the joys of the creepy Santa photo Ipsos polling on Santa Key findings: Here’s a real news story: With multiple polls about pollsters, we’ve hit peak pollsters. Although no one seems to be getting an A for effort. People are still working out the kinks about how to test Trump’s conflicts of interest . And if it’s hard to explain in a question, then, ah, well, i’m sure it’ll be fine. Meanwhile The pollsters transition team is in full force. We’ve put all our podcast revenue so far into a blind trust handled by my 1.5 year old. The downside is he sits in on all my meetings & is an obnoxious tweeter. Meanwhile, while people continue feel our country is off on the wrong track. AND more say belief in santa is decreasing? Correlation? Causation? You tell us! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook!

#93: The Pollsters @ Harvard with Joel Benenson & Tony Fabrizio  

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 informative. What kinds of questions did they ask? Were they surprised? How have their years in the trenches prepared them for this race? Listen to our live show  & hear about our new big announcement!

#92: Give thanks for KSA on the mic!  

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

#91: Maybe polling does take a holiday? (Vacation announcement)  

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

#90: Uh, surprise?!  

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. 

#89: Buckle up!  

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 there?!

The race is tightening. Or is it?

Real Clear Politics: YouGov’s Doug Rivers and Benjamin Lauderdale on Phantom Swings NBC/Survey Monkey: Post-Comey letter polling Morning Consult: Post-Comey letter polling Morning Consult: Polls unaffected by reopening of email case ABC/Washington Post: Trump creating more enthusiasm among early voters NYT Upshot: Where the handicappers are  

Early Voting

Early voting seems to be benefit Clinton. But will that advantage last?

CNN: Early voting tallies in FL, AZ, OH Florida Division of Elections: More early voting tallies in FL Nevada Secretary of State: Early voting tallies in NV  

Just a little respect

Hats, swag, angry pollsters, angry neighbors. Just a wonderful time to be alive.

Pew: Hillary supporters have a “hard time” respecting Trump voters Washington Post: Trump has spent more on hats than polling Washington Post: Trump hasn’t paid his pollster PSB Research: Who is reaching voters and how?  

Key findings:

We’re in the final countdown. Pick up some stickers & yard signs, do some GOTV & don’t obsess talking about the polls. Oh wait, that was just a note Margie wrote to herself. Thanks everyone for an incredible year and a half of The Pollsters! We love you guys & gals, and glad you’ve enjoyed our regular polling deep dive & bad jokes.  
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