The 2020 presidential election brought into sharp focus the public's unease with the accuracy of polls. From underestimating sizable differences, to overstating levels of support, the role of public opinion polls in our democracy goes far beyond simply predicting the outcome of a race.
We invited Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and executive director of PublicMind at Fairleigh Dickinson University, to present a Zoom program. Jenkins discussed when the unease over polling accuracy is warranted, as well as the art and science of conducting and reporting on complicated polling data.
New Jersey's Union Public Library invited a political science professor to discuss the 2020 election polling results.