Ever wonder how one poll states “America’s favorite dessert is ice cream” and a different poll taken at the same time states “America’s favorite dessert is apple pie”? It’s called cherry picking and it stems from organizations trying to get the best, most interesting and sometimes influential headlines. Shemia, Coop and Aunt Martie breakdown all aspects of polling and how the information can be used by campaigns to boost a candidate's reputation or how a PAC might use it to undermine the competitor’s campaign. And, as a special bonus, Kim Frederick from HRC Super Volunteers joins us to talk about what it’s like to be in Iowa as a Hillary supporter right now.
Only 26 weeks until the Democratic National Convention.
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