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November Elections Fallout & The State of Democracy

Episode Summary

Were the election results in Virginia, New Jersey, and elsewhere earthquakes? Jessica Taylor, the Senate and Governors Editor for The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter, joins us to discuss. Next, we talk about one of the most shocking findings in our new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll. Finally, we look to the polls to answer the age-old question: dogs or cats?

Episode Notes

Election Day has come and gone with powerful lessons for Democrats and Republicans. Jessica Taylor is the Senate and Governors Editor for The Cook Political Report with Amy Walter and she helps us sort through the hot takes to get at what may really matter most about Tuesday's results.

Next, our new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll tried to get a sense of how Americans are thinking about elections in general – specifically around issues of trust. There's broad agreement American democracy is in trouble but a very partisan split on what – and who – is to blame. But one question, in particular, has the team very worried. We note interesting reports on this from NPR’s Domenico Montanaro and NewHour's Laura Santhanam.

And, for Lee's Fun Fact, cats or dogs? Find out where Americans stand on this controversial question.

Follow Jessica on Twitter @JessicaTaylor. 

About Poll Hub

Each week, Poll Hub goes behind the science to explain how polling works, what polls really show, and what the numbers really mean. Poll Hub is produced by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, home of America’s leading independent college public opinion poll, the Marist Poll.

Lee Miringoff (Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion), Barbara Carvalho (Director of the Marist Poll), and Jay DeDapper (Director of Innovation at the Marist Poll) dig deep to give you a look at the inner workings of polls and what they tell us about our world, our country, and ourselves.