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Douglas Rivers

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Biography: 
Douglas Rivers is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University. He is also the Chief Scientist at YouGov PLC, a global polling firm.

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What Polls without Policy Get Wrong: Elections, Inequality, Mobility, and Taxes

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, May 5, 2015

David Brady is a Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values in the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and a professor of political science at Stanford.  Douglas Rivers is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University.  An expert on survey research, he is also chief scientist for YouGov PLC, an international, Internet-based polling firm.  Brady and Rivers discuss polling and how to measure change over time. 

Analysis and Commentary

Who Are the Undecideds?

by Douglas Riversvia Huffington Post
Monday, November 3, 2014

There are many sources of uncertainty in election polling other than sampling error. One source of error that looms large in this year's closest races is undecided voters -- people who say they are going to vote, but don't know (or won't say) which candidate they prefer.

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Special: Rivers, Whalen, and Chen on the John Batchelor Show

by Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalen, Lanhee J. Chenvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

In conjunction with a special live taping of the John Batchelor Show at the Hoover Spring Retreat, John Batchelor and Mary Kissel of the Wall Street Journal hosted a special elections discussion featuring Hoover senior fellow Douglas Rivers and Hoover research fellows Lanhee Chen and Bill Whalen.

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Analysis and Commentary

What's a 'Fair' Tax for the Mega Millionaires?

by Brian J. Gaines, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Polls say Americans want higher rates on the rich. But when one poll asked how much lottery winners should pay, over half said 10% or less...

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Independents' Day

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 6, 2012

Win over those “none of the above” voters, and you win the White House. By David W. Brady and Douglas Rivers.

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Analysis and Commentary

Will Independents Vote GOP In 2012?

by David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Survey data show it would be a mistake to assume that dissatisfaction with President Obama will translate into votes for GOP nominee...

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In the News

The Road to (and from) the 2010 Elections

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What happened to the president and his party...?

The Road to (and from) the 2010 Elections

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Policy Review
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What happened to the president and his party?

Analysis and Commentary

Voters on ObamaCare: Informed and Opposed

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, Douglas Riversvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, October 15, 2010

A new poll shows that opposition to the individual mandate is intense...

Healthy Skepticism

by David Brady, Daniel P. Kessler, Douglas Riversvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

A portent for November: very few of the Americans who disliked
comprehensive health care reform a few months ago like it any better
now.

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