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Polling Problems Explained And How US Friends And Foes View 2020 Election

Hassan Ouajbir
Despite spam calls and various methods of conducting political polls, phone calls remain the gold standard.

What's the future of polling given their failure to predict the closeness of the presidential election? And how are U.S. friends and adversaries abroad viewing the 2020 election?

In this edition of River to River, we get an update on Iowa's 2nd Congressional District race which remains too close to call. Host Ben Kieffer talks with Peter Hanson, director of the Grinnell College National Poll about the future of polling. And, Jim McCormick of Iowa State University provides analysis of how the world is reacting to the ongoing 2020 presidential election.


  • Kate Payne, IPR Eastern Iowa reporter
  • Peter Hanson, director of the Grinnell College National Poll
  • Jim McCormick, professor of political science, Iowa State University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk