We end almost every episode of the show with four questions that come from the McCourtney Institute for Democracy’s Mood of the Nation Poll. Rather than simply addressing people agree agree or disagree with a particular point of view, the poll uses open-ended responses to understand why people feel the way they do. Every poll asks respondents to describe in their own words what makes them angry, proud, worried, and hopeful about politics and current events.
We interview a lot of smart people on this show and it’s not surprising the they have interesting and thought-provoking responses to these questionsl. We revisit some of those responses in this episode and hear from Eric Plutzer, the poll’s director, about how what our guests say matches up with what everyday citizens say in the poll.
Responses in this episode
Anger[2:30] Rebecca Kreitzer, University of North Carolina [5:02] Brad Vivian, Penn State
Pride[8:14] Forrest Briscoe, Penn State [10:19] David Frum, The Atlantic
Worry[13:42] Robert Asen, the University of Wisconsin [16:24] Lara Putnam, the University of Pittsburgh
Hope[20:10] Sophia McClennen, Penn State [20:43] Michael Mann, Penn State
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