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How Polls Influence Public Opinion

Part of the President's Series:
Things Every Voter Should Know

Thursday, February 18, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Minor Hall Room 125
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA

Join the University of Virginia Center for Politics as we discuss the role of polls and polling groups in American politics. The evening will begin with a panel discussion with some of the nation’s leading pollsters and polling groups including: Glen Bolger, partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies, one of the Republican Party's leading political strategists and pollsters; Courtney Kennedy of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank informing the public on issues, attitudes and trends; Mark Mellman of The Mellman Group, named “Pollster of the Year” three times by the American Association of Political Consultants; and Doug Usher, founder and managing director of Purple Insights, research division of Purple Strategies reflecting the company's bipartisan blend of strategists from both "blue" and "red" political backgrounds. Following the discussion the panel will take questions from the audience.

Kyle Kondik (Moderator)

Sabato's Crystal Ball

Glen Bolger (Panelist)

Public Opinion Strategies

Courtney Kennedy (Panelist)

Pew Research Center

Mark Mellman (Panelist)

The Mellman Group

Doug Usher (Panelist)

Purple Strategies


This event is free and open to the public with registration.

Parking is available at the Central Grounds Garage off of Emmet Street at the rate of $1 per hour. Only cash and check are accepted.

For more information about this event, contact Glenn Crossman at or (434) 243-3540.