Cutting Through the Chatter: What do Americans Want?
Presented Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 | 5 p.m. PST
Cutting Through the Chatter: What Do Americans Want?
Sean McElwee shared what polls tell us about the future of politics in America.
While votes were tallied live on election night, many Americans found themselves asking a familiar question: did the polls get it wrong… again? While momentum swung towards the Biden ticket in the end, key states and counties were closer than expected in the Presidential race, Democrats did not win the Senate outright, and Republicans gained unexpected House seats, despite polls predicting the opposite. Now, Democrats are wondering which branch of the party is to blame for the “blue wave” that never came to be.
Since polls track important shifts in public opinion, they are an important force in deciding where the political, economic and social power lies within the U.S.
So, what did the 2020 polls tell us about the future of politics in America?
Renowned pollster, data scientist and activist Sean McElwee discussed what role polls played in the 2020 election, what they tell us about policy under the Biden-Harris administration, and what Americans really want.
Presented by Loyola Marymount University’s Global Policy Institute in conjunction with the Political Science and International Relations Department, and the International Relations Program.
About Loyola Marymount University
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Sean McElwee, Data for Progress
Sean McElwee is co-founder and Executive Director of Data for Progress, a public opinion research organization that has worked with members of Congress, presidential candidates and movement organizations on public opinion and policy design.
McElwee was named one of the “Politico 50” and his work has been cited by politicians at the national, state and local level. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Vox and The Washington Post and he is frequently quoted in those publications on progressive policy and strategy.
Prior to co-founding Data for Progress, McElwee was a policy analyst at Demos, where he led the development of new research methods to study racial equity and democracy reforms. McElwee is also the Director of Polling at Take Back The Courts and sits on the Board of Secure Elections for America Now.
This event was held virtually via Zoom.