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Panel to consider if state polls can be trusted

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2008, 4:30 p.m. · Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

"The 2008 Presidential Election: Can the State Polls Be Trusted?" is the subject of a panel discussion featuring scholars and public opinion experts at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

The panel will include:

  • Christopher Achen, the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences and professor of politics at Princeton. Achen's research interests include political methodology, American politics and international relations. He is the author of  "Interpreting and Using Regression" and "The Statistical Analysis of Quasi-Experiments."
  • Andrew Gelman, a professor of statistics and political science at Columbia University and director of the university's Applied Statistics Center. He is the author of the new book "Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State: Why Americans Vote the Way They Do."
  • Larry Hugick, the chairman of Princeton Survey Research Associates International. A nationally recognized expert in public opinion, pre-election polling and policy research, Hugick conducts the regular Newsweek poll and advises the magazine on social trends and politics. He also has conducted research studies of "rally events" and presidential approval, and problems in polling on biracial elections.

The discussion will be moderated by Alan Krueger, the Bendheim Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Princeton and director of the University's Survey Research Center.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the Survey Research Center, the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the New York and New Jersey chapters of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

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