The crisis pollsters face ahead of the midterm elections : Planet Money Polling is facing an existential crisis. Few people are answering the phone, and fewer people want to answer surveys. On today's show, we pick up the phones ourselves to find out how polling got to this place, and what the future of the poll looks like.

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Planet Money tries election polling

Planet Money tries election polling

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Presidential candidate Alfred Landon greeting American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prior to the 1936 presidential elections. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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Presidential candidate Alfred Landon greeting American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt prior to the 1936 presidential elections.

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It's another election cycle and many are wondering: Will the polls miss again this year? Because it's true, polling has gotten a lot tougher these days. People aren't picking up the phone. Nobody wants to talk to pollsters. It's becoming a crisis for the polling industry.

Today on the show, we head to Marist College — home of the Marist Poll — to learn how to be pollsters ourselves. We break down the science of polling, and find out all the tricks that pollsters use to get people to finish their surveys. Then we get on the phone and give it a try.

How do you conduct a poll when the general public is ghosting you? It's really hard! But then we come across a weird idea. An idea that might change the future of polling. And surprisingly, the folks at Marist let us run an experiment.

Music: "Partyline, "The Danzig Connection, and "Saku"

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