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The trouble with polls

Jill Lepore (Harvard University | The New Yorker)
10:20am–10:40am Wednesday, 09/28/2016
Location: Javits North
Tags: media, politics
Average rating: ****.
(4.15, 41 ratings)

American politics is adrift in a sea of polls. This year, that sea is deeper than ever before—and darker. Data science is upending the public opinion industry. But to what end? In a brief, illustrated history of the field, Jill Lepore demonstrates how pollsters rose to prominence by claiming that measuring public opinion is good for democracy and asks, “But what if it’s bad?”

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Jill Lepore

Harvard University | The New Yorker

Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at the New Yorker. Her books include the New York Times best-seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman; Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award; and, most recently, Joe Gould’s Teeth. Jill lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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