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Liberals are too clustered in major cities, mainly in blue states. This is why Hillary Clinton can get 3 million more votes and still lose the election. Progressives and liberals are not spread out enough across the country in large enough numbers to win more elections. What can liberals and progressives do to turn more of the map blue? The short answer is…MOVE! In this podcast, we talk to people in places that aren’t blue. Sometimes it’s liberals who are on the ground in deep red territory. ...
 
For the past 10 years, I’ve built one of Canada’s leading polling and public opinion research firms: Abacus Data. And in that time, my team and I interviewed hundreds of thousands of Canadians and hosted focus groups across the country. This podcast will feature conversations with smart, curious, and interesting people who love politics, public policy, and figuring out what makes people think and act the way they do. If you work in polling or market research, public affairs, public relations ...
 
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It’s a cliché now to say that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on everyone’s lives. But no sector in Canada has been as deeply affected and hardest hit as live music. In the span of days, concerts big and small were postponed and cancelled around the world. Musicians, technicians, venue owners and staff, and others who depend on live…
 
On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by my friend Dr. Jared Wesley a political scientist, associate professor, and Director of Master’s programs at the University of Alberta’s Department of Political Science. Full disclosure, Jared and I were graduate students at the University of Calgary together and our chat today mimics the many we had while s…
 
Tonight on Jazz After Dark! Mostly ballads and blues. Featured performer: Benny Carter. We’ll also hear from Erroll Garner, Art Pepper, Duke Ellington with Johnny Hodges, Oscar Peterson, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie and His Orchestra, and Tommy Flanagan. Jazz After Dark broadcasts locally at 8 pm Tuesdays on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis, CA. Replays We…
 
Welcome to the first episode of Season 2 of inFocus with David Coletto. Former PM Kim Campbell is notorious for saying that an election is no time to discuss serious issues. That might be true, but it turns out the best way to win an election campaign may be to run on issues that voters care about and want action on. Donald Trump did it. Boris John…
 
Season 2 of inFocus with David Coletto starts on April 12, with American data scientist David Shor. This podcast is all about the intersection of public opinion, politics, and public policy. I had a lot of great feedback on season 1 and I’m excited for what I have lined up on Season 2. This season, I continue to speak with smart and interesting peo…
 
Tonight on Jazz After Dark! Featured artist: Billy Taylor. Also playing Earl "Fatha" Hines with Bill Pemberton, Jimmy Rushing, Budd Johnson & Oliver Jackson. Ernie Royal with Billy Taylor, Oscar Pettiford, James Moody & Kenny Clarke. Coleman Hawkins, the Billy Taylor Trio, Bill Evans with Eddie Costa, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Ramsey …
 
Ross Benes grew up in small town Nebraska, surrounded by Republicans. Now he lives in Brooklyn. His book "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold" details Nebraska's move rightward but is also a personal story about understanding both rural and urban cultures, and how to bridge that divide. Ross and Roger discuss the misconcept…
 
In this episode, I share a briefing on Abacus Data's latest survey on Canadian Politics. We surveyed 2,000 Canadians from March 25 to 30, 2021. The survey finds the Liberals have opened up an 8-point lead over the Conservatives. You can find all the details on the survey here: https://abacusdata.ca/liberals-lead-by-8-otoole-negatives/…
 
Brexit, an independence referendum, and the rise of Boris Johnson – the past decade in British politics has been tumultuous and fascinating. On this episode of inFocus with David Coletto, we cross the pond. I’m joined by Keiran Pedley, Director of Politics at UK polling agency, Ipsos MORI. Keiran is also the host and editor of the Polling Matters P…
 
On this episode of inFocus with David Coletto, I’m joined by pollster and strategist Don Guy. Don has been working in the world of politics and public affairs research for over 2 decades, having served as campaign director, advisor and pollster for the BC and Ontario Liberal parties. He was the Chief of Staff to former Ontario Premier Dalton McGuin…
 
In this episode of inFocus with David Coletto, we look at the Conservative Party of Canada's road to victory. I share some analysis I did on how current Conservative supporters compare with those open to voting for the party. The analysis reveals a bumpy road for the party - how to appeal to the base when it has very different views and priorities …
 
What happens when a pollster becomes a legislator? How does a career exploring and measuring public opinion help serve Canadians as a Senator? Senator Dr. Donna Dasko was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Trudeau on June 6, 2018. She is my guest on this episode of inFocus with David Coletto. Prior to her appointment, she was Senior Vice-Pre…
 
In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution that recognized happiness as a “fundamental human goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that promotes the happiness and well-being of all peoples”. In 2012 the first-ever UN conference on Happiness took place and the UN General Assembly adopte…
 
On this episode of inFocus with David Coletto, I'm joined by Dr. Jean-Francois Daoust, a lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. Dr. Daoust is co-author, with Dr. Andre Blais, of a book titled “The Motivation to Vote” which was published in 2020 by UBC Press. Although we spend a lot of time…
 
Journalist Alec MacGillis often writes about inequality in the U.S., including a New York Times article that led to the launch of this very Clusterfucked podcast. His new book, Fulfillment: Winning & Losing in One-Click America, looks at winners and losers in different regions through the lens of Amazon. Roger and Alec discuss the book, how the pan…
 
What is it like running a national election campaign? How does polling impact the decisions made on a campaign? I’m excited to explore these questions with Hamish Marshall, the national campaign manager for the Conservative Party of Canada’s 2019 election campaign. Hamish is currently a partner at ONE Persuades. Prior to that, he ran the 2019 Conse…
 
On this episode of the podcast, I’m joined by Eric Grenier, a senior writer and polls analyst at CBC. For over 10 years, Eric has been tracking the ups and downs of polls in Canada and manages the CBC’s poll tracker and seat projections. It’s been a pleasure to know him for most that time. He started doing seat projections right around the time I s…
 
The questions you ask are more important than the answers you get. I think that should be the mantra of every public opinion researcher and consumer of polls. More important, good researchers must be inquisitive, open-minded, and prepared to understand and appreciate the true nature of the human being who is about to be tasked with completing your …
 
Bruce Anderson is one of Canada’s leading public affairs and communications professionals. He’s worked for Prime Ministers, Premiers, and has lead research projects for some of North America’s leading associations, corporations, and non-profits. He’s also my partner at Abacus Data. On this episode of inFocus, Bruce and I spend some time talking abo…
 
On this first episode of inFocus, I’m joined by one of the founders of Canadian modern polling, Frank Graves. Frank is the founder and president of Ekos Research Associates. He has been studying Canadian public opinion for over 40 years – working with governments, non-profits, unions, and businesses to understand the dynamics of Canadian public opi…
 
On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by Dr. Marc Hetherington and Dr. Jonathan Weiler, authors of Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide. The book was published in 2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. I read the book a few years ago and it had a big impact on how think about public opinion, politica…
 
On this episode of inFocus, I’m joined by John Della Volpe the founder and CEO of SocialSphere and for 21 years, he has been the Director of Polling at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics where he has led the research program exploring the attitudes and opinions of America’s Millennials and Generation Z. John also recently served as a pollst…
 
Welcome to my new podcast, inFocus with David Coletto. In this short episode, I share the vision for the pod and give some details on what to expect from the first dozen or so episodes. Please subscribe so you don't miss the first episode scheduled to drop in late February 2021. If you love politics, polling, public policy or if you work in politic…
 
A California filmmaker goes back to where she grew up in small-town Kentucky to find out why her relatives support Trump and to explore the cultural stereotyping of the people of Appalachia. Roger and Director Ashley York discuss her film Hillbilly, the conditions that led to the politics of the region and the surprising progressive community in Ke…
 
At 20 years old, David Shor was hired by Obama for America and was a key data analyst & forecaster for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. David and Roger discuss the polling problems with the 2020 election, who non-voters really are, myths about which issues are actually popular with voters, and more.…
 
Bill Kristol had long been one of the most well-known Conservatives in the country - until Trump. Bill & Roger discuss what the election results tell us about the Republican party, whether the GOP will ever quit Trump and how Democrats can keep voters like him and the rest of the Never Trump movement.…
 
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