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Tue, Feb 6, 2018 -- 11:00 PM
Tue, Feb 6, 2018 -- 11:00 PM Can We Trust Polls?

Polls show that most Americans don't believe polls. Rasmussen found that just over a quarter of Americans trust them (but that's a poll, too). And after the Brexit vote and the 2016 election went against most pollsters' predictions, can we blame anyone who is giving percentages a side-eye? Trustworthy or not, polls are everywhere. They make for click-friendly headlines and they add a feeling of statistical heft to arguments. To paraphrase Homer, "You can use stats to prove anything that's even remotely true." We'll convene a panel of experts to look at poll methodology, the use of polls in journalism and whether or not we can really trust them.

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