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A Closer Look at Voter Attitudes and Habits in 2016 Election

This presidential election cycle has blown up much of the conventional wisdom out there about voter attitudes and habits. Many respected experts were slow to catch onto the appeal of “outsider” campaigns led by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. We discuss what political scientists got right and wrong about the primary season, and now that […]

Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media
This presidential election cycle has blown up much of the conventional wisdom out there about voter attitudes and habits. Many respected experts were slow to catch onto the appeal of “outsider” campaigns led by Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

We discuss what political scientists got right and wrong about the primary season, and now that the two major party candidates, Trump and Hillary Clinton, have been nominated, we consider whether what happens over the next few months will be easier or harder to predict, who may turnout to vote, and what role Houston and Texas may play in the general election. We welcome your questions for Elizabeth Simas, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Houston…and Oscar del Toro, a small business owner and former city council candidate from Pasadena, who was featured in the recent PBS series Postcards from the Great Divide.

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