Survey Says? Inside RAND's Election Poll

Policy Circle Briefing Series

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October 6, 2016


6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Program


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We can't read voters' minds … but can we read their intentions? RAND welcomes Policy Circle and RANDNext members to a special briefing on the RAND Presidential Election Panel Survey (PEPS), a venture made possible by philanthropic contributions from RAND supporters.

As we enter the final weeks of this contentious presidential campaign, most polls will focus on which candidate is up or down. But the PEPS sheds light on unexplored aspects of this election, including voters' attitudes on issues in the news, perceived personality traits of candidates, voting intentions, and prior voting behavior. Poll respondents are members of a panel that, since 2006, has agreed to be repeatedly interviewed. Their responses can be linked to previous surveys, allowing RAND to track responses and shifts in sentiment longitudinally. Join us to discuss the latest results and what they might portend for Election Day.

Read insights from RAND's 2016 PEPS
Michael Pollard

Michael Pollard

Sociologist, RAND Corporation

Michael Tesler

Michael Tesler

Associate Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine; Author, Post-Racial or Most-Racial? Race and Politics in the Obama Era

Lynn Vavreck

Lynn Vavreck

Professor of Political Science and Communication Studies, UCLA; Contributing Columnist to The Upshot, The New York Times; Co-Author, The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election

Christina Bellantoni

Christina Bellantoni (moderator)

Assistant Managing Editor, Politics, The Los Angeles Times

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