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Oct. 10, 2008

UI political scientists to discuss election polls Oct. 23 in Davenport

The University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll received coverage in virtually every major news outlet prior to the Iowa Caucuses. People wanted to know what Iowa voters -- who get the first and perhaps closest look at candidates -- thought of the contenders.

The pollsters, UI political scientists David Redlawsk and Caroline Tolbert, will discuss "The Power of the Iowa Election Polls" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 at Mojo's Coffee House, 131 W 2nd St., Davenport.

The UI Alumni Association (UIAA) is sponsoring the presentation as part of its Lifelong Learning Series. Redlawsk and Tolbert founded the Hawkeye Poll, which is used to predict election outcomes based on voter perception and behavior. At the talk, the pair will discuss the influence of Iowa on the 2008 election, the media attention Iowa citizens receive during the first-in-the-nation caucuses, and the results of their latest polls.

Redlawsk is an associate professor of political science and co-director of the Social Science Research Center. His areas of expertise include Iowa Caucuses, battleground states, voter polarization, youth and politics and grassroots organizing.

Tolbert, also an associate professor of political science, is an expert on voting and elections, political behavior, state politics and policy, direct democracy, race and ethnicity and information technology and politics.

The presentation, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m. UIAA members will receive complimentary drinks from Mojo's Coffee House. Participants should RSVP by Oct. 21 to the UI Alumni Association online at http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/index.html or by calling 1-800-469-2586.

The Lifelong Learning Series features UI faculty and staff who share their expertise with alumni and friends of the university at events held in cities across Iowa. For more information visit the UI Alumni Association at http://www.iowalum.com.

For results of recent Hawkeye Polls and other election news from the UI, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/election.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: UI Alumni Association, 800-469-2586; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Writer: Caroline Jones