Seg. 1: Should You Trust Political Polls? Seg. 2: Anne Lamott Offers "Notes of Hope." | KCUR

Seg. 1: Should You Trust Political Polls? Seg. 2: Anne Lamott Offers "Notes of Hope."

Oct 30, 2018

Segment 1: "It is much more difficult to predict turnout and who's going to vote in midterm elections than in a presidential election," veteran pollster says.

After the 2016 presidential election, many voters stopped trusting what polls have to say about possible political outcomes. On today's program, veteran pollster Neil Newhouse, who is originally from Kansas City, noted that most of the national polls got it right two years ago, but that individual states lacked quality polls and thus were less accurate. He says press outlets themselves are often the greatest consumer of polls, and cautions that "voters ought to be looking at the candidates" instead.

Segment 2, beginning at 25:59: In her latest book, best-selling inspirational author "shines an encouraging light forward."

Anne Lamott is beloved for her writing that combines honesty, humor and spirituality. In what she acknowledged are dark times, Lamott offered hope. "We never stop believing in life and goodness and the decency of almost everyone," she says.