New Brunswick, N.J. (Nov. 2, 2020) – Ashley Koning, an assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, part of Rutgers University–New Brunswick’s Eagleton Institute of Politics, is available to comment on how the presidential election may affect the polling industry.

“This is a do-or-die election cycle in terms of how the public will perceive and trust the polling industry. Pollsters have learned a lot from the surprise of 2016. For example, their statistical analyses now weight for the education of those being polled, after having missed the attitudes of non-college educated white voters four years ago,” Koning said.

Koning discusses the topic further in “What Happens Next Election Edition: Public Interest Polling,” part of a series of interviews with Rutgers faculty on how the election may affect matters of national interest.

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