The Gist

The Fault in Our Polls

FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten explains polling error, and Princeton’s Julian Zelizer puts the 2016 election in historical context.

A U.S. election night party at the United States Embassy in the early morning hours on Nov. 9, 2016 in London, England.

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Did the polls lead us astray in this election, or did we simply fail to heed everything they were telling us? FiveThirtyEight senior political writer Harry Enten says the lesson of 2016 is familiar to any close observer of politics: “There are no permanent majorities.”

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, puts the 2016 election in historical context. Zelizer hosts the Politics & Polls podcast produced by Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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