Politeracy: Understanding the Art and Science of Public Opinion

Posted on 9/21/2018 10:03:13 AM

Please join the Department of Economics in welcoming back Mileah Kromer for a discussion about “politeracy,” which is an overview of the mechanics of public opinion polling. Kromer’s talk will be on Thursday, September 27, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, room 225.

Kromer's talk will also address the following questions:

  • What should consumers of polls look for in determining whether a poll is a signal of a political reality or simply the noise of junk science?
  • How can we tell what millions of voters are thinking by only interviewing hundreds?
  • Who is a likely voter?
  • Despite their best efforts, why do pollsters sometimes get it wrong?

About Mileah Kromer:

Kromer graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and completed her doctorate in political science from Louisiana State University in 2008. She is currently the director of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center and an associate professor of political science at Goucher College. Kromer oversees every aspect of the Goucher Poll, a survey of Maryland residents and voters on important issues facing the state. In addition to this important research, Kromer also teaches courses on American state politics and research methods.