WSU Panel to Discuss Politics and Polling

OGDEN, Utah — The intersection of politics and polling is the subject of this year’s Haven J. Barlow Spring Civic Leadership Forum sponsored by the Olene S. Walker Institute of Politics & Public Service at Weber State University.

The public is invited to the panel, “Politics and Polling,” April 20 at noon in the Shepherd Union Ballrooms. To attend the free event and register for lunch, please RSVP at or call 801-626-6252.

“This is an interesting political year, to say the least, and what better way to conclude the academic semester at Weber State than with a discussion of politics and polling, how public opinion polling affects the way candidates campaign and even how our public officials govern,” said Carol McNamara, Walker Institute director.

Panelists will include Spencer Stokes, president of the lobbying agency Stokes Strategies; Dan Jones, founding member of the public opinion and market research firm Dan Jones & Associates; and Patricia Jones, CEO of the Women’s Leadership Institute. WSU political science professor Leah Murray will moderate the panel.

Questions for discussion will include:

  • What is the role of public opinion polling in political life?
  • What should the role of polling be?
  • Does polling drive issues and the actions of leaders?
  • We elect our political leaders to listen to us, but do we want them to exercise their independent judgment on complex issues?

“These are the kinds of questions we hope to discuss in a conversation that will prove useful for the community and Weber State students,” McNamara said.

The annual event is made possible with the generous support of Haven J. Barlow, whose 42-year service in the Utah Senate was the longest in state history.

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