2020 Pre-Election Series

Fri., October 30, 2020 | 12:30 PM — 1:30 PM

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Swing State: What are the Polls Showing in North Carolina and Why has it Emerged as a Crucial Battleground?

Friday, October 30
12:301:30 p.m. CDT

In our previous discussions, we reviewed the methodology of political polling and what national public opinion polls are telling us about the state of the 2020 political campaign. Join us for a session discussing the state of the campaign in North Carolina, one of the key presidential battleground states this election cycle. But it’s not just the presidency that’s at stake; North Carolina also could be decisive in determining which party controls the U.S. Senate for the next two years. In this upcoming session, we will discuss the current political landscape in North Carolina, where the state seems to be headed in this election, and the pivotal role it could play in determining the direction of public policy.


  • Marc Farinella, Senior Advisor, Center for Effective Government; Executive Director, Center for Survey Methodology
  • Tom Jensen, Director of Public Policy Polling
  • Christopher Cooper, Professor and Chair of the Political Science and Public Affairs Department at Western Carolina University
  • Rebecca Tippett, Director of Carolina Demography