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373 - Survey Research Methods Section P.M. Roundtable Discussion (Added Fee)
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 30, 2019 : 12:30 PM to 1:50 PM
Sponsor: Survey Research Methods Section
Abstract #305228
Title: Two Americas Now? What Polling Tells Us About Where We Stand
Author(s): Mark Schulman*
Companies: SSRS Research
Keywords: political polarization; elections; political parties

American political parties in the past were often referred to as big tents -- diverse and only slightly ideological. The 2016 elections and the course of politics since have raised warning flags. Are we now two Americas? Has the gulf between the two Americas even widened in 2018 and again in 2019.

I’d like to lead a round table to discuss recent polling and the 2018 election results, some electoral history, and other recent polling to provide a portrait of where we stand.

Possible discussion areas include:

1. Tracing the origins of our current political divisions; 2. Some psychological and social impacts; 3. Are we now two tribes? What divides us? The fault lines. 4. What did we learn from the 2018 election? 5. What role is President Trump playing? 6. Is the news media feeding our divisions? 7. Political party futures? Some guesses.

Data sources include the Pew Research Center, election exit polling, and other public polling.

Authors who are presenting talks have a * after their name.

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