2017 Virginia Election Recap with Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director, CNU Wason Center

Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Judy Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, enjoyed this post-election interview knowing that his center’s polling was spot-on when it came to predicting Ed Gillespie’s final total.

Kidd explained that he noticed a trend among voters called the “shy Tory” (h/t Garren Shipley) that he incorporated into CNU’s polling beginning in 2016. To account for them, he asked questions to draw them out so that Republicans would not be under-sampled. Also in this podcast, Kidd describes how Ed Gillespie was perceived by the electorate, the Trump effect, the mood of the voters to create a wave election, how northern Virginia is changing Virginia politics, whether issues had anything to do with the results, how the down-ticket races were perceived, how parties should communicate with the electorate, and what all this means going forward to the as of yet undetermined General Assembly.

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