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Understanding the Art and Science of Political Polling

Indivisible East Manatee (IEM) will host a public meeting on Wednesday, February 20, featuring two nationally known experts who will discuss how public opinion polls are generated and how people can better interpret poll results to know if the data are meaningful.


The presentation on The Art and Science of Political Polling will feature Michael Binder, PhD, an associate professor of political science and faculty director of the Public Opinion Research Laboratory at the University of North Florida (UNF) in Jacksonville. He will provide insights from the polling done by UNF in 2018 and discuss polling plans for the 2020 election cycle. In addition, Robert McCaa, a former research professor at the Minnesota Population Center and Fulbright fellow, will dissect 2018 voter data collected from Sarasota and Manatee counties.


The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The town hall is located one mile east of I-75 on University Blvd, and 1-1/2 miles north on Lakewood Ranch Blvd.


For more information, contact Karen Curlin at karendcurlin@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/groups/indivisibleeastmanatee.