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Election 2016: The polling industrial complex and its impact on U.S. politics




Presidential candidate Donald Trump (3th L) speaks while Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz (R-TX)  take part in the Republican Presidential Debate.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump (3th L) speaks while Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz (R-TX) take part in the Republican Presidential Debate.
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Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore’s piece in the magazine this week looks at the proliferation of political polls and how it obscures whether than increases our understanding of the current state of politics.

Larry is joined by seasoned pollster and University of Michigan professor Arthur Lupia to discuss the enterprise of polling.

Guest:

Arthur Lupia, author of the forthcoming book, “Uninformed: Why People Seem to Know So Little about Politics and What We Can Do About It” (Oxford University Press, 2015). He is a former director of the American National Election Studies, which are national surveys of voters in the US conducted by the University of Michigan before and after every presidential election since 1948