Polls, People & Perspectives

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12:00 pm




During the 2020 U.S. election season, campaigns and news agencies used polling to better understand the overall electorate and specific target groups. Through polling data, they captured perspectives of American voters on various issues—such as the pandemic response, the economy and healthcare—to predict winners of the presidential and congressional races.

During this time, the Better World Campaign (BWC) and Pew Research Center (PRC) also conducted polls to gather global and domestic perspectives on international issues and the United Nations. PRC’s findings were shared with UN officials ahead of the UN General Assembly as part of the UN’s 75th anniversary, and BWC findings on American perspectives were shared with its domestic audience, including lawmakers on Capitol Hill. These findings provide elected and UN officials relevant information on how constituents perceive and support global engagement, which may influence their decision-making and policies.

During this session, attendees will learn more about BWC and PRC polling results and participate in polling activities to learn how they compare to the polling data.


Featured Speakers: 

James “Jeb” Bell, PhD Vice President, Global Strategy, Pew Research Center
Dr. Bell is vice president of global strategy at Pew Research Center. He is responsible for the Center’s international research program as well as the Center’s long-range planning and institutional partnerships. Over the past decade, Dr. Bell has led the expansion of the Center’s international polling and demographic analysis and encouraged the integration of quantitative, qualitative and computational science techniques to explain political, social and economic change. He oversees a diverse range of projects, including the Center’s annual, multi-country Global Attitudes survey, regional studies of religious belief and affiliation, and comparative analyses of migration, ethnicity and cultural identity. Prior to joining the Pew Research Center, Dr. Bell served as a senior official at the U.S. State Department, most recently as director of international opinion research. Dr. Bell supported strategic communication teams at the State Department and White House and regularly consulted on U.S. government efforts to combat violent extremism. Dr. Bell’s own roots as an opinion researcher extend back to the early 1990s when he examined democratization in post-Soviet Russia. Since joining the Pew Research Center, Dr. Bell has authored a number of articles, including International Cooperation Welcomed Across 14 Advanced Economies, Russians Have Their Own Ideas of Democracy, The World’s Muslims: Unity and Diversity and Religion in Latin America: Widespread Change in a Historically Catholic Region. Dr. Bell has appeared on CNN, CNBC, Fox News, NPR, CBS Radio and BBC World Service Radio, and has presented internationally, including at events organized by the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, World Economic Forum, Reunión Círculo de Economía, European Foundation Center, Körber-Stiftung, Institut français des relations internationals, Institute Montaigne, Clingendael Institute and House of Lords (UK).


Elizabeth Harrington, Partner, Public Opinion Strategies
Elizabeth Harrington is a partner at Public Opinion Strategies, one of the nation’s largest political and public affairs research firms.  Since joining the company in 1998, the major focus of Elizabeth’s work has been public affairs and public policy research.  Her research background has focused on public awareness and communications campaigns, message and advertising testing, corporate image and branding, health care, energy, and foreign policy.  Elizabeth has helped build successful communications campaigns for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Better World Campaign.