Mar 20, 2020
One of the key features of the democratic process is opinion polling, whether it is leader likability or attitudes on various issues. But do these snapshots of the horserace have an impact on the race itself? How has scientific polling and statistical analysis changed? How will it change in the years to come? And, what happens when the data shows us that the story we think is happening is not the one actually playing out?
Ben joins writer and political analyst Eric Grenier at his CBC office in Ottawa.
About the Guest
Éric Grenier is a senior writer and the CBC's polls analyst. He was the founder of ThreeHundredEight.com and has written for The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post Canada, The Hill Times, Le Devoir, and L’actualité.
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The Quote of the Week
"One of the pervasive risks that we face in the information age,
as I wrote in the introduction, is that even if the amount of
knowledge in the world is increasing, the gap between what we know
and what we think we know may be widening."
- From The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail (2012) by Nate Silver