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Considering the Polls

As the presidential election lingers only a week away, people all over the country are steadily watching the polls, but what exactly do polls do for the American audience? Do polls somehow change voters’ minds or inspire the once disinterested to vote? Host Frank Stasio talks about the impact of polls with Thomas Jensen, the director of Raleigh’s Public Policy Polling; and Andy Taylor, a professor of political science at North Carolina State University.

Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.