Ashley Koning,  director of Rutgers’ Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, is available for interviews ahead of, during and following the Democratic National Convention next week.

"The Democratic National Convention this year will be unlike any other in history, going entirely virtual all four nights and absent the kind of massive crowd a convention usually garners,” said Koning.  “The virtual nature continues the Biden campaign’s goals of showcasing responsibility and leadership in the midst of the pandemic, hoping it serves as a sharp contrast to the current administration.” 

“Many have labeled Biden’s campaign as ‘invisible’ up until recently, with some questioning and criticizing this choice, particularly in light of the pandemic and protests. Yet Biden’s actions - or rather, inactions - have shrewdly left the spotlight on the president, for better or worse, and has set an easy threshold for Biden himself to overcome as he begins to emerge. Biden’s strategy, moreover, seems to be working as seen in his comfortable lead over Trump in every national poll since April and his ability to be competitive in multiple battleground states." 

Koning, an expert in U.S. public opinion, survey design, polling trends and mass political behavior with a focus on gender and race, is an assistant research professor at Rutgers’ Eagleton Institute of Politics.


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