PhD candidate, University of Gothenburg
Peter M. Dahlgren is a PhD candidate at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His research area is political communication and media effects. His doctoral dissertation focuses on how citizens select news and information based on their political preferences (e.g., echo chambers, filter bubbles, and selective exposure), and how this type of news consumption contributes to political polarization. https://peterdahlgren.com/
Can we trust the polls? With polls proliferating in the media and with methodological concerns increasing within the polling industry, caution is warranted. This is not to suggest that the general quality of polling data is declining or that the problems facing pollsters have no answers. Still, consumers of polling data need to be more careful than ever. Something has changed about the way voters are willing to share their preferences with pollsters, even when those opinion polls are conducted anonymously. During this discussion, we will identify what has caused that change and, in particular, the role that ‘trust’ plays in voters’ willingness to reveal their political preferences.