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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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Area 45: About Those Debates . . .With David Brady And Doug Rivers

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Monday, July 1, 2019

Who can challenge President Trump in 2020?

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Whom The Democrats Nominate In 2020 Matters -- A Lot

by David Brady, Morris P. Fiorina, Douglas Riversvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Conventional wisdom about presidential campaign strategy changed around the turn of the current century. Traditionally, candidates were advised to move to the center in the general election campaign after catering to the party bases in the primaries. Not anymore. George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns exemplify the shift.

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Area 45: The 2020 Presidential Field With David Brady And Doug Rivers

interview with David Brady, Douglas Riversvia Area 45
Monday, March 4, 2019

Off to the races for 2020.

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Trump Base Wants Immigration Compromise

by Timothy Kane mentioning Douglas Riversvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

[Subscription Required] Why can’t lawmakers in Washington compromise on immigration? Conventional wisdom blames President Trump’s political base, with its uncompromising hostility toward immigrants. That turns out to be nonsense.

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Poll Position: An Autopsy Of The 2016 Election

by David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia In Perspective: Decision 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The 2016 Presidential Election.

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Poll Position: The Aftermath Of The 2016 Elections

by Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia In Perspective: Decision 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016

With the returns in and the presidency decided, we discuss  why the polls didn’t get it right in 2016. 

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Poll Position: Predictions For The 2016 Elections

by David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia In Perspective: Decision 2016
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The 2016 Presidential Election.

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Why Polling Swings Are Often Mirages

by Benjamin Lauderdale, Douglas Riversvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Recently Nate Silver asked us why our polls don’t bounce around much. In our polling, Hillary Clinton had a small lead in September that expanded to five or six points after the first presidential debate on Sept. 26. Since then a lot has happened – sex tapes, charges of election rigging, WikiLeaks – but our numbers have budged only slightly.

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Poll Position: The Science Of Polling

by David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia In Perspective: Decision 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016

The 2016 Presidential Election.

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Poll Position: Debates Effects On The Polls

by David Brady, Douglas Rivers, Bill Whalenvia In Perspective: Decision 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016

The 2016 Presidential Election.

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