Tuesday, August 3, 2021

The Future of Polling is Linked to the Future of Democracy and They Are Both in Crisis

The problems with polling, especially as seen in the 2020 November election, has been widely described and the crisis of democracy in the U.S. and around the world is the subject of a torrent of programs, reports and books. The link between the twin crises of polling and democracy is described and discussed in a series of presentations with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI at DU), a nonprofit adult educational foundation, and Floyd Ciruli of the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Denver. Polling needs democracy to survive and democracy has become highly dependent upon and benefited from polling. View the two programs presented by OLLI and the Crossley Center.

Video on "Polling in 2020 and Its Future"

Join members of OLLI in a program on the election polling in November 2020 and what it means for democracy in the U.S. Floyd Ciruli, director of the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, presented and answered questions on what happened to the polls in 2020 and the future of election polls.

The video begins directly with lecture and PowerPoint slides. If you would like a copy of the slides, contact the Crossley Center at: Floyd.ciruli@du.edu. 


Video on "American Democracy in Crisis"

Hear the “American Democracy in Crisis” webinar sponsored by the Boulder OLLI Speaker Series held on February 3. The insurrection on January 6, 2021 was a 9/11 event for democracy. The transition of power – a bedrock element of American democracy from George Washington through Barack Obama – was directly challenged by a mob motivated, assembled and inspired by President Donald Trump, his family and retainers.

The OLLI webinar describes the four years of damage to American democracy and the serious threats that lie ahead. 


Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather at the
west entrance of the Capitol during a “Stop the Steal” protest in
Washington, D.C., Jan. 6, 2021 | Stephanie Keith/Reuters

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