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UCR politics experts available for election commentary

UCR politics experts available for election commentary

(November 8, 2000)

University of California, Riverside Political Science professors will be available the next few days to answer media questions about the extraordinarily close presidential race.

Third-party candidates
Political Science Professor Shaun Bowler offers analysis on the effects Green party presidential candidate Ralph Nader had on Democrat Al Gore in hotly contested states, such as Wisconsin and Oregon. Nader may also have a spoiler effect on Gore in Florida, where a ballot recount has been ordered.

Office (909) 787-5595

Polling processes/Relevance of big government
Political Science Professor Max Neiman can provide expert analysis on the significance and accuracy of polling. Exit polling may have led some news organizations to make inaccurate predictions in the hotly contested presidential race on election night. Neiman directs The Center for Social and Behavioral Science Research, which tracks public attitudes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Neiman's book, Defending Big Government: Why Big Government Works, says big government is relevant. In it, he lays out the dangers of too much cynicism in the political process.

Office (909) 787-4693

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