NEP & EDISON RESEARCH TO ONCE AGAIN CONDUCT EXIT POLL OF RECORD

NEP and Edison Research will expand in-person early voting interviews and implement Covid-19-related protocols to maintain health and safety.

With record numbers of Americans expected to vote before Election Day, the exit poll of record, conducted by Edison Research on behalf of ABC News, CBS News, CNN and NBC News, will begin interviewing voters at early voting locations around the country on October 13.

“More Americans are expected to vote before Election Day this year than any other election in history, and the member networks of the National Election Pool (NEP) and Edison Research have developed innovative new techniques to account for that in our long-standing exit poll,” said Joe Lenski, co-founder and Executive Vice President of Edison Research.

The NEP’s exit poll is the only survey that will be released on election night that represents the views and opinions of actual voters interviewed as they cast their ballots all across the country.

As it has since 2004, the NEP exit poll will also include extensive telephone surveys of those planning to vote by mail to ensure that all voters are represented in Election Night coverage across the pool’s member networks and subscribers. This year, those polls will reach more than 25,000 voters casting ballots before Election Day.

For the first time in 2018, NEP’s exit poll included in-person interviews with those voting at early voting locations. The technique proved highly accurate in Nevada and Tennessee, the two states in which it was used that year, and was successfully expanded in this year’s presidential primaries in North Carolina and Texas. For the presidential election this fall, early voters will be interviewed in person in eight critical states.

“In 2018, Edison and the NEP pioneered the technique of conducting interviews at in-person early voting sites, and today, we’re using that valuable experience to expand those efforts for 2020,” said Lenski. “It’s simply a matter of taking our time-tested models and applying them to the ways people vote today.”

The 2018 exit poll also incorporated methodological improvements to better reflect the educational and age makeup of the electorate in the NEP’s results. Those improvements will be carried through to 2020. In order to make reliable, direct comparisons to the 2016 exit polls for the size of subgroups including age, education and income, the NEP members and subscribers will be using trend-adjusted results that apply the techniques added to our standard methodology in 2018 to the results from 2016.

In addition to adapting to the changing ways that voters cast their ballots, the NEP is taking precautions to ensure that voters participating in our in-person exit polls remain safe.

The NEP tasked Edison Research to conduct tests to determine best practices for safe and secure exit polls even in the midst of a major public health crisis. Exit polls will be conducted by interviewers wearing masks, who will remain six feet away from respondents and will have new, single-use pencils available for each voter filling out the exit poll questionnaire. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be available for voters to use before and after completing their exit polls.

In addition to the exit poll, the NEP and Edison Research will be tabulating the vote from all counties in the U.S. for statewide and congressional races as it has done in previous elections.

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In 2018 the National Election Pool (NEP) incorporated several changes to the exit poll questionnaire and the survey weighting to help improve the accuracy of the reported size of groups by age and education in the exit polls.  The wording of the education question was changed and the education question was placed on the front side of all questionnaires.  In addition, we applied an adjustment for non-response by education and by age using parameters developed by comparing past Census estimates of turnout among these groups and past Exit Poll estimates of turnout among these groups.

The application of these changes starting in 2018 means that direct comparison of the size of voting groups by age, education, and income in 2020 cannot be made with the published survey results for those groups from 2016.  In order to allow comparisons of age, education, and income from the 2020 exit polls with those from 2016 we have applied the new age and education parameters retroactively to the 2016 surveys.  These “trend adjusted” composition numbers for age, education, and income should be used for comparison with the national survey and the twenty two states where we will have conducted state exit polls in both 2016 and 2020.

We have produced the attached spreadsheet with the trend-adjusted compositions for these demographics for the 2016 national and state surveys to be used for comparison with the 2020 exit poll results for these demographics.

To find the NEP exit poll 2016 trend-adjusted data click here

We strongly recommend when reporting on changes to the size of the electorate among age, education, income and related sub-groups in 2020 that all organizations use these trend adjusted compositions from 2016 for comparison.

For every other question we recommend that the published compositions from the 2016 exit polls should be used for comparison and trending with the 2020 exit poll results.

For the vote results among all questions including age, education, and income, the published 2016 exit poll results should still be used for comparison.

Edison Research Podcast Appearances

You may know Edison Research for our projects in the podcasting space including The Podcast Consumer Tracker, The Infinite Dial®, and the Share of Ear® study. You may be familiar with Senior Vice President Tom Webster‘s prolific writing and speaking about the universe of podcasting, as well his his own podcasts, “The Marketing Companion” and “The Freenoters.”

In addition to being avid researchers of podcast listening (and consumers of podcasts — we have a podcast club at Edison Research), some of our Edison Research team members make appearances on podcasts of all types to discuss topics such as upcoming elections, the state the audio space, and even moms and media in the U.S. We enjoy discussing research projects and the implications the results have for our culture and our world.

Below is a Spotify playlist of some of our recent podcast guest appearances. You can also search Spotify for The Edison Team Podcast Appearances playlist from Edison Research.

Special thanks to all the hardworking podcast hosts and producers who graciously included us in their pods!

Click here to open Spotify for podcast appearances by Edison Research

The Infinite Dial South Africa 2019 — Save the Date

 

Join us as Larry Rosin, Founder & President of global firm Edison Research, presents the first annual Infinite Dial South Africa study on Wednesday, September 18, at 8:00am EDT/2:00pm SAST. This presentation will reveal the latest digital audio, social media, mobile, radio, and podcast habits of South Africans living within the major metro commercial areas. The complete presentation will be available at edisonresearch.com subsequent to the webinar.

Click here to register for the Infinite Dial South Africa webinar. 

The Infinite Dial South Africa was commissioned by South Africa’s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Commercial Radio Committee and sponsored by Triton Digital, and provides new insights into what South Africans in the major metro commercial areas are consuming online, as well as tracking data from the 2017 and 2018 studies.  The Infinite Dial research for South Africa is patterned on the longest-running survey (1998) of digital media consumer behavior in the USA and provides an up-to-date profile of the South African digital consumer.

 

About Edison Research
Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information in over 50 countries for clients including AMC Theatres, AMC Theatres, Amazon, Apple, The Brookings Institute, Facebook, The Gates Foundation, Google, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Oracle, Pandora, The Pew Research Center, Samsung, Spotify, and SiriusXM Radio. Our national tracking study The Infinite Dial (in its 22nd year in the United States and now also conducted in four other countries), and the syndicated Share of Ear® are two of the most widely-cited studies in the audio space. Edison is also the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the podcasting space. Edison is also the leading provider of face-to-face consumer research. Edison’s network of more than 20,000 experienced interviewers allows the company to conduct research in almost any location. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool. For the 2020 U.S. elections, Edison will provide exit polls and will tabulate the national vote across every county in the United States for ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News.

Edison Research Wins 2019 Content Marketing Award

The Infinite Dial 2018 wins for Best Use of Original Research

Cleveland, OH, July 26, 2019Content Marketing Institute (CMI) just announced Edison Research of Somerville, NJ won a 2019 Content Marketing Award for Best Use of Original Research in Content Marketing for The Infinite Dial 2108, an annual consumer media study done in partnership with Triton Digital.

The Content Marketing Awards, produced by the Content Marketing Institute, is the largest and longest-running international content marketing awards program in the world, and The Infinite Dial is the longest-running survey of media consumer behavior in the U.S., tracking consumer usage of digital media over time.

“I’m beyond proud that the work of the team at Edison has been honored with this award,” said Edison Research President Larry Rosin. “The Infinite Dial has been around long enough to track the birth and growth of audio, mobile phone usage, widespread internet connectivity, smart audio, and most recently, podcasts, among Americans and now throughout the world. We appreciate that Content Marketing Institute is recognizing the effort that goes into marketing such research.”

This year’s panel of all-star judges reviewed nearly 1,100 entries to choose the best of the best in content marketing excellence, recognizing all aspects of content marketing, from strategy to distribution, and from editorial to design.

You can see a full list of the 2019 winners and finalists in all 85 categories on the Content Marketing Awards website: https://www.contentmarketingawards.com/2019-winners/

“All I can say is WOW,” shares Stephanie Stahl, general manager, Content Marketing Institute. “The content marketing excellence showcased by this year’s winners and finalists is remarkable. It’s not just the level of creativity and innovation that’s so exciting to see, but the success brands and agencies are having with their distribution, strategy and ROI says so much about how the industry has matured and grown over the years.”

Additionally, CMI revealed the finalists for the top seven Content Marketing Award prizes. Those winners will be announced and celebrated at a live awards ceremony during Content Marketing World, September 4, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio.  Content Marketing World 2019 will be held September 3-6, in Cleveland, Ohio. This year’s event expects to draw 4,000 attendees from more than 70 countries. For information regarding registration: http://www.contentmarketingworld.com/

About Content Marketing Institute
Content Marketing Institute is the leading global content marketing education and training organization, teaching enterprise brands how to attract and retain customers through compelling, multichannel storytelling. CMI’s Content Marketing World event, the largest content marketing-focused event, is held every September in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and ContentTECH Summit event is held every spring. CMI publishes Chief Content Officer for executives and provides strategic consulting and content marketing research for some of the best-known brands in the world. Watch this video to learn more about CMI.  Content Marketing Institute is organized by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organizer in the world. To learn more and for the latest news and information, visit www.ubm.com and www.informa.com.

About Edison Research
Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world, and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, CBS, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more leading companies in the space. Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, comprised of ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC. In 2020, Edison will again conduct exit polls and collect precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue.

 

The Infinite Dial® Germany to Debut in 2019

Germany joins the US, Canada, Australia, and South Africa with Digital Media Research from U.S.-Based Edison Research

Somerville, NJ – July 8, 2019   The Infinite Dial®, the leading study on digital audio, mobile, smart speakers, podcast consumption, and social media from Edison Research, has just been commissioned by Berlin-based RTL Radio Deutschland for implementation in Germany.

The Infinite Dial is the longest-running survey of media consumer behavior in the U.S., tracking consumer usage of digital media over time. Germany will join the U.S.,  Australia,  Canada, and most recently, South Africa, as media communities who use The Infinite Dial® to measure consumer behaviors.

RTL Radio Deutschland is the leading German radio group. With its stations and brands, the company serves all relevant platforms. RTL Radio Deutschland recently started AUDIO NOW, a podcasting platform for Germany showing a great range of popular podcasts in German and English language, including exclusive podcasts and audio series.

The results from the first in The Infinite Dial® Germany will be revealed on September 3 in Berlin, and will be published simultaneously online on www.audionow.de and Edison Research websites.

“In addition to our content expertise and innovative offerings, we are pleased to be able to provide a reliable data source for the use of digital audio in Germany in the future. In Edison Research we have found the perfect partner for this. We are very much looking forward to the results, which will certainly be giving us exclusive insights into this future relevant area of media consumer behavior,” said Stephan Schmitter, CEO of RTL Radio Deutschland.

The Infinite Dial study has become the report card on digital audio and other digital media, and is widely used and quoted by broadcasters, internet radio publishers, ad agencies, and the financial community.

“Germany’s addition of The Infinite Dial study comes at the perfect time. As digital audio is experiencing such explosive growth, it is crucial to have quality, consistent measurement of the space. We are thrilled to add Germany to the list of countries employing the Infinite Dial,” said Larry Rosin, President of Edison Research.

 

About Edison Research

Edison Research conducts survey research and provides strategic information to a broad array of clients, including Activision, AMC Theatres, Disney, Dolby Laboratories, Google, Oracle, the U.S. International Broadcasting Bureau, Pandora, Samsung, Siemens, Sony, The Gates Foundation, and Univision. Edison is the leading podcast research company in the world and has conducted research on the medium for NPR, Slate, ESPN, PodcastOne, WNYC Studios, and many more companies in the space.  Another specialty for Edison is its work for media companies throughout the world, conducting research in North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Edison is also the leading provider of consumer exit polling and has conducted face-to-face research in almost every imaginable venue. Since 2004, Edison Research has been the sole provider of Election Day data to the National Election Pool, conducting exit polls and collecting precinct vote returns to project and analyze results for every major presidential primary and general election.

 

About RTL Radio Deutschland

RTL Radio Deutschland is the leading private radio group in Germany. Its 17 stations in 11 states reach millions of listeners daily. It derives its success from its profound experience in programming and content development. Leading stations like 104.6 RTL, Radio Hamburg and ANTENNE BAYERN profit from this know-how. RTL Radio Deutschland operates as a strategic partner following the slogan “Together we are stronger”.