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History Uncorked: Polling the Public on Politics

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Thursday, April 11

6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

$8 – $12

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The Hermitage
4580 Rachel's Lane
Nashville, TN 37076



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Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage presents History Uncorked: Polling the Public on Politics, an evening discussion on polling in American politics—a perfect topic in this election year. Vanderbilt professor Dr. Joshua D. Clinton will give an overview of polling, discuss when and why the media’s obsession with polling started, talk about how much trust the public should have in polling, as well as the problems it poses, and answer, “Are some polls better than others?”

The program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening 30 minutes prior. Tickets are $8 for Hermitage members and $12 for non-members.


About the Speaker

Joshua D. Clinton (Josh) is the Abby and Jon Winkelried Chair and Professor of Political Science.  He is the co-director of the Vanderbilt Poll (since 2011); a co-director of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt (since 2009); a member of the Executive Committee for the Data Science Institute at Vanderbilt (since 2017); an expert advisor for the Center for Panel Survey Sciences at NORC at the University of Chicago (since 2023); the former Editor-in-Chief (and current Associate Editor) of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science (2015-2022); a two-time Emmy-nominated Senior Election Analyst for NBC News (2020 and 2022), where he is responsible for making election night projections and analyzing Exit Polls (since 2010); an advisory board member to the Latin America Public Opinion Project (since 2020); and a fellow at the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Electoral Studies at Penn (since 2016) and the Center for Effective Lawmaking (since 2018). He was also the appointed Chair for the Task Force on Pre-Election Polling in the 2020 Election for the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) after being an invited member of the 2016 Task Force on Pre-Election Polling. As Task Force Chair, he was charged with assessing the performance of pre-election polls, determining the nature and scope of errors, and communicating the results to the professional and general public.


As an academic, he has more than 40 peer reviewed publications on issues related to polarization, elections, public opinion, representation and survey methodology appearing in journals including Science: Nature Advances, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly and Political Analysis, among others.


He received a Ph.D. in Political Science (2003), a M.S. in Statistics (2001) and a M.A. in Economics (2000) from Stanford University after graduating from the University of Rochester (1996) in Rochester, New York. He grew up in rural upstate New York, where he was an Eagle Scout.


History Uncorked

Raise a glass to the past! The History Uncorked series offers an evening of wine, wisdom and words. Each program focuses on a particular topic, followed by a lively discussion in a casual setting.

A portion of all sales will support the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s mission to preserve the home place of Andrew Jackson, create learning opportunities and inspire informed citizenship.