The Australian federal election in May was seemingly the latest polling disaster, with political prognosticators unable to properly gauge the mood of the electorate following similar forecasting failures in 2016 with Donald Trump's election and Brexit. So, have pollsters lost their power and will 2020 be the year that polls are no longer seen as prophecy? Dr Shaun Ratcliff, an expert in public opinion and political strategy, and manager of the United States Studies Centre’s polling partnership with YouGov, joins the podcast to answer the critics.

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Produced by Elliott Brennan.

Thanks to the Bubamara Brass Band, Tri-Tachyon, Kevin MacLeod and Ketsa for their musical contributions to this episode.