What Went Right (and Wrong) in 2016's Election Polling

Jan 30, 2017

Nate Silver calls Ann Selzer, president of Selzer & Co., a polling firm based in West Des Moines, “America’s Best Pollster in Politics."

All that has happened relating to the November election seems long ago, but now that the dust has settled on that surprise outcome, Selzer says many underestimated the dissatisfied mood of the electorate.

"We had just a few key pieces of polling data that really, to me, summed up what I saw happening, and the willingness to take a risk with a candidate who had not had political experience, who would promise to shake things up. There was a willingness to say 'Look, I don't know what that might look like, but I know what electing the same kind of person who will do things the same way will look like, and I don't want that anymore.'"

In this River to River interview, host Ben Kieffer talks with Selzer about the election and the future of polling.