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Smart Talk: All about polls

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jan 20, 2015 3:18 PM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, January 21, 2015:

The latest Pew Research Center for the People and the Press poll indicates defending the U.S. against terrorism should be the number one priority of the Obama Administration and Congress.  It's the first time in five years terrorism has been ranked at the top of the Pew survey.  The terrorist attack in France two weeks ago probably influenced the poll's outcome.  In results that would seem to be counterintuitive, the polls shows Americans want President Obama to focus on domestic policy over foreign policy by a 67 to 20% margin.

The Pew poll is one that is most respected for its accuracy and methodology.  Not all polls can say that.

Actually, one of the most reputable and historically accurate polling organizations calls Central Pennsylvania home.

The Franklin and Marshall Poll and F and M's Center for Opinion Research are widely known for polls on statewide political races and issues.

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Berwood Yost

The Center's director Berwood Yost appears on Wednesday's Smart Talk to discuss recent polling performances, disclosure standards for polls, internet polling, partisan polls, and pollster Nate Silver.

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  • horse2hound4 img 2015-01-21 20:26

    Thank you for today's guest -- he did a great job of explaining some of the basic concepts and vocabulary underlying the polling process.