VPR And Vermont PBS Team Up for 2020 Election Polls

Feb 13, 2020

What do Vermonters think about the coming election? What are the key issues on their minds? For the third consecutive year, VPR and Vermont PBS are collaborating on three statewide public opinion surveys that will provide valuable insight into the minds of Vermonters in the 2020 presidential election year. 

The results of the first poll will be released on February 18, two weeks ahead of Town Meeting Day, Vermont’s presidential primary and Super Tuesday, when 14 states and approximately one-third of the country’s voters participate in presidential primaries. 

The polls are being conducted by Braun Research under the direction of Rich Clark, professor of political science at Castleton University and the former director of the Castleton Polling Institute. 

VPR and Vermont PBS will publish the full results, methodology, and appendices at a joint website, which will be available via VPR.org. 

VPR’s Morning Edition will explore the poll results with Clark in a live broadcast from Red Hen Bakery & Cafe in Middlesex on February 18 from 6:30-9 a.m. Additionally, VPR and Vermont PBS will provide extensive broadcast and digital coverage and analysis of the polling results throughout the week, including:

  • VPR News stories and reports throughout the week
  • The VPR News Minute released Tuesday - Friday on Vermont PBS and both Vermont PBS and VPR’s social media channels
  • A takeaway from the poll results at the end of each Vermont Edition program, Tuesday - Friday at noon and 7 p.m.
  • Vermont This Week, Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Vermont PBS
  • A special episode of Brave Little State, focused on a poll question inspired by listeners' curiosity about women in politics, available February 21
  • A deep dive into the poll questions around climate change on Vermont Edition Monday, February 24 at noon and 7 p.m.

Two additional polls are scheduled for summer and fall. Each poll will focus on Vermont election season insights as well as voter opinions on issues of key concern to Vermonters, such as climate change, affordability, and the changing demographics of Vermont.