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November 16, 2021 44 min

Ariel Edwards-Levy is CNN's Polling and Elections Analytics Editor, after covering the public opinion beat at Huffington Post for several cycles. In this episode she talks growing up in Southern California, the election that hooked her on politics at a young age, her early days in journalism, how she gravitated toward the polling beat, her transition from Huffington Post to CNN, and Ariel tackles many of the weighty questions confronting the field of polling.

IN THIS EPISODE

Ariel self-identifies as an LA Valley Girl…

Ariel’s political awareness starts around the 2000 Bush-Gore election…

Ariel fondly remembers the days of getting the daily print newspaper…

Ariel talks the connections between her background as a journalist to her current focus on polling…

Ariel talks her early path in journalism and how she came to the polling beat at the Huffington Post…

Ariel talks her transition from Huffington Post to CNN…

Ariel talks through what the day job of the Polling and Analytics Editor at CNN actually is…

Ariel weighs in on the state of the polling industry…

Ariel breaks down the differential non-response bias problem…

Ariel on both improvements polling has made recently as well as challenges the field still faces…

Ariel talks the mistakes that get under her skin from some public polling…

Ariel talks how she thinks about tackling polling complex issues…

Ariel’s best practices for people to become savvy consumers of public opinion data…

Ariel talks the value of qualitative research…

Ariel talks how she’s developed a large Twitter footprint…

Ariel’s one quirky work habit…

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