The 2020 showdown between Donald Trump and Joe Biden is nearing its grand finale during one of the most challenging times in history. The outcome could send the United States on vastly different paths as a geopolitical player, an economic engine, and the custodian of global security. The stakes are higher than ever, and the world is watching the polls ahead of November 3rd. The numbers point to a Biden presidential victory and Democrats winning the Senate and House of Representatives. But can polls be trusted? After 2016, when public opinion research wrongly predicted a Hillary Clinton presidency, people are more skeptical than ever of forecasts. Today’s chaos makes it harder than ever to predict results amidst a raging pandemic, unprecedented levels of early voting, mail-in ballots, flaws in the postal system, incendiary social media atmospherics, and foreign disinformation campaigns. Expert pollster Rob Autry joins Altamar to explain the state of the race and polling industry. Autry was previously a partner of one of the Republican party’s most prominent polling companies before starting his own firm, Meeting Street Insights. He has served as the pollster and strategist for Presidents, Senators, and dozens of members of Congress.
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