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Carthage welcomes national polling expert Charles Franklin Dec. 5

  • Charles Franklin gave a talk on campus about elections on Dec. 5, 2012.
    Charles Franklin gave a talk on campus about elections on Dec. 5, 2012.
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November 29, 2012

National polling expert Charles Franklin will be at Carthage on Wednesday, Dec. 5, to discuss the role of polls in the 2012 Wisconsin and Presidential elections. Mr. Franklin is the director of the Marquette Law School Poll, an election night consultant for ABC News, and co-founder of Pollster.com, an award-winning and widely cited source of polling data and analysis that was bought by Huffington Post in 2010.

His talk, titled “What Do You Think? The Polls Know,” will be held at 6 p.m. in Hedberg Library’s Niemann Media Theater. He will speak about the Marquette Law School Poll, and discuss such issues as how to read a poll, what polls tell us (and what they don’t), and how campaigns use polling information.

In addition to co-founding Pollster.com — which received the “Innovator’s Award” in 2007 from the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and was named a “Top 50 Website of 2009” by Time magazine — Mr. Franklin is founder of PollsAndVotes.com, a site devoted to understanding the structure of public opinion and voting coalitions over time. He is a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in January 2012, became a visiting professor of law and public policy at Marquette University Law School, where he directs monthly polling of Wisconsin.

Mr. Franklin is a frequently cited source for political analysis in Wisconsin and national media, and is an election night consultant for ABC News, the Federal Election Commission, and polling consultant to TalkingPointsMemo.com.

His undergraduate teaching focuses on developing quantitative skills that prepare students for jobs in data analytics and information visualization in business, politics and public policy. Many of his former students work in Congress, the Wisconsin legislature, the media, political consulting, and for both political parties.