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J. Ann Selzer

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As a research analyst and expert pollster, Ann Selzer provides audiences with a unique view of today’s political landscape, offering suggestions on how best to interpret the latest polling data and what that means to them and their businesses in an interactive format.

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What in the World Is Going on in American Politics? A Pollster Explains

One of the most respected pollsters in the country brings you up to date on where the campaign stands in this most unusual election year. Using public polling data, Ann Selzer defines the mood of the electorate and illustrates why campaigns are doing what they are doing. Along the way, audiences get clear insight into the workings of the polling industry and the life of a pollster who gets it right.

Ten Things to Know About Polling in 2016

This electoral year is like none other. No one could have predicted in 2015 that 2016 would look the way it does today. And yet, the polls told stories that were prescient—defining a dissatisfied public, slates with too many me-too candidates, cynicism, fatigue and even some anger. The pollster-in-chief for Bloomberg Politics offers her insights into this election year in an accessible data-driven presentation. As a pollster, Ann Selzer thrives on questions, so she happily devotes time to addressing what is on audiences’ minds.

Why Iowa? Understanding the First-in-the-Nation Caucuses

Every four years, Iowa is the epicenter of American politics. An expert on the how and why of the Iowa caucuses gives historical context to the way the United States elects presidents. Ann Selzer’s speech is filled with anecdotes and personal experiences from her unique position in the vortex of some of the most fascinating races in modern history. Audiences are treated to an insider’s account of the good and bad of starting the presidential contest in Iowa, breaking some stereotypes and challenging conventional wisdom about the process. 

Meet J. Ann Selzer

As a research analyst and expert pollster, Ann Selzer provides audiences with a unique view of today’s political landscape, offering suggestions on how best to interpret the latest polling data and what that means to them and their businesses in an interactive format.

Every four years, J. Ann Selzer is the “it” pollster of American politics, living political polling and coverage from the inside out. She offers audiences a host of behind-the-scenes stories at the intersection of politics and journalism. Her polls have repeatedly taken heat for being “outliers,” “out of sync with other polling done” or “at odds with history”—in essence, to be ignored. Time and again, her polls stood alone as the best measure of what happened on Election Day. Her talking points cover not just Iowa and other states where she has polled, but the national scene in general. 

One of the top-ranked and best-respected pollsters in the United States, Selzer offers insight into politics and polling without partisan bias. Her data-driven analyses and interpretations make an ideal fit for audiences interested in why things in the political world are playing out the way they are. She illuminates what can seem like a technical mush to novices by breaking down the complexities of polling into everyday stories and illustrations. Several news organizations repeatedly seek her commentary when news events seem to change the rules of the game. Her presentations are always thoughtful—and thought-provoking—and often playful and fun. 

She is routinely referred to as the “gold standard” of polling and “the oracle of Iowa,” though some elevate her to royalty: “Queen Ann,” the “Princess of Polling” and the “Duchess of Data.” Influential website FiveThirtyEight.com (run by Nate Silver) titled their profile “Ann Selzer is the Best Pollster in Politics.”

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